The biggest support for the BC NDP government's arguments was found not in B.C. but in Quebec, where 64% took the side of the B.C. government and only 36% supported Rachel Notley's NDP government in Alberta.
BC's heated trade dispute with Alberta might be cooling down, now that Premier John Horgan is seeking legal advice on whether he's allowed to restrict the transportation of oil through this province.
But, we have learned only recently that B.C.is negotiating a contract with its neighbour, Alberta, for purchase of Site C power to be exported to Alberta to the value of $500 million per year.
Appealing to B.C. residents' perceived environmental bent, Alberta touts its own voluntary emissions caps and carbon pricing, but cautions that if the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion doesn't come to fruition it could mean the end of the federal government's climate action plan.
He says the federal government declined an invitation to join the province in the reference question.
As for the rest of the proposals, B.C.is moving forward with consultations on the four other points, including establishing timeframes for responses to spills and requiring some form of restitution to cover the use of public resources in the event of a spill.
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According to him, government will continue to do everything necessary in partnership with security agencies and the Federal Government to address the situation.
The Alberta government has taken out full page ads in some B.C. newspapers, mocking the "left coast" despite stating within that both provinces still share many common goals.
The Alberta government has spent tens of thousands of dollars on an ad campaign aimed at drumming up support for Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion in B.C.
"People of British Columbia look to their government to make sure that a diluted bitumen spill will not adversely affect our economy, our environment or our future".
Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have made it clear that only Ottawa, not the provinces, has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines.
"I'm confident that the courts will not give B.C. rights it does not possess under our Constitution", she said. Notley, who had also scuttled talks to buy B.C. electricity, had been threatening further retaliatory action.
- With files from Dean Bennett in Edmonton.