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Proposed pipeline regulations shouldn't start a 'trade war:' B.C. premier

Last Updated Feb 2, 2018 at 4:41 pm PDT

(Marcella Bernardo, NEWS 1130 Photo)

BC's premier says his government is trying to protect the province by stalling the pipeline

John Horgan insists he and Premier Rachel Notley are still "good friends" despite the pipeline talks

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – British Columbia’s premier says his government is trying to protect the province, not be provocative, when it comes to a proposed ban on increasing the amount of diluted bitumen that can be shipped from the west coast.

John Horgan says his government’s announcement that it would consult on new regulations should not set off a “trade war between good friends.”

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley suspended talks Thursday on buying B.C. electricity, and has described the proposals unveiled earlier this week as an unconstitutional attempt to stop Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised that the federally approved project will go ahead, saying it’s an important part of Canada’s energy plans.

Horgan says his government has been clear about its belief that the Trans Mountain pipeline is not in the best interest of the province and continues to fight the project in Federal Court.

He says the province has obtained legal advice about the new proposals and the government is well within its rights to consult with citizens.

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