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United We Roll Convoy for Canada Organizer – nervous and excited.

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  • From Haley Wile, an organizer of the United We Roll Convoy for Canada

    Well, I am heading out on the convoy to Ottawa this morning. I am nervous and excited. I am meeting some amazing fellow Canadians who are willing to stand up for what they believe in. My main goals are to unite Canada, and (as a maritimer) to tell the east not to vote Liberal. I love Alberta and my heart breaks over the suffering that is taking place in the west. Please wish us the best on this history making adventure. I love Canada. 🇨🇦
    #unitedwerollforcanada #peacefulprotest
    #standupforwhatyoubelievein

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    Alberta

    Kenney threatens to “turn off the tap” if BC continues to block pipeline

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  • From the United Conservative party

    Kenney visits Medicine Hat, renews call for BC to end opposition to Alberta pipelines

    Rachel Notley has said she does not want to proceed with the legislation.”
    – anti-pipeline BC NDP Premier John Horgan (BC Hansard, Apr. 17, 2018)

    MEDICINE HAT, AB: British Columbians can expect to continue to pay soaring prices for gasoline if Premier John Horgan’s NDP government continues to obstruct pipeline construction according to United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney.

    While visiting candidates Drew Barnes (Cypress-Medicine Hat) and Michaela Glasgo (Brooks-Medicine Hat), Kenney renewed his vow to use legislation to scale back exports of Alberta crude to BC-based refineries if that province’s NDP government continues to obstruct the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion.

    BC Premier John Horgan was assured by his fellow New Democrat Rachel Notley that she would not turn off the taps (see Backgrounder).

    “In recent days, lower mainland BC has been paying through the nose for gasoline,” Kenney said. “Unless John Horgan ends his unconstitutional fight against Alberta energy exports, the people of BC will need to get used to paying well over $1.70/L for gas as the result of NDP anti-pipeline obstructionism.”

    BC’s NDP government is still working to stop the Trans Mountain expansion, fighting in the BC Court of Appeal just last month. Alberta’s NDP government finally caved to United Conservative pressure to pass ‘Turn of the Taps’ legislation, but failed to proclaim it, let alone ever use it.

    Next Tuesday will mark one year since the NDP took UCP advice and introduced Bill 12. Since then, precisely 0 kilometres of the Trans Mountain expansion has been built and the private sector abandoned the project entirely.

    Kenney announced today that a United Conservative government would proclaim Bill 12, the ‘Turn off the Taps’ law, on its first day in office.

    “Albertans see through the NDP’s phony fight for pipelines,” Kenney said. “Voters remember the NDP’s historic opposition to our energy industry, including their campaign against the Northern Gateway and Keystone XL pipelines, the appointment of anti-pipeline radicals like Tzeoporah Berman, Ed Whittingham, their Cabinet Ministers protesting pipelines, and so much more. Albertans want real action to defend our jobs and way of life, not more bad political theatre from the NDP that has done so much damage to our energy industry.”

    “That is why on day one of a UCP government, we will proclaim into law the Turn off the Taps legislation, and let Premier Horgan know that we will not roll over in the face of his governments unconstitutional efforts to block our energy,” Kenney announced.

    Rachel Notley’s NDP government repeatedly dismissed the threat posed to the Trans Mountain expansion by the Horgan NDP in British Columbia. Despite the BC NDP openly campaigning against Trans Mountain, Rachel Notley dismissed their threat after they came to office, saying, “The BC government has stopped talking about stopping the pipeline and instead, they’re talking about ensuring that it meets high standards.”

    Since 2017, Jason Kenney had been calling for the Government of Alberta to turn off the taps to BC if their anti-pipeline activism didn’t halt. Rachel Notley mocked and dismissed the suggestion repeatedly (see Backgrounder).

    Alberta’s NDP government, all talk and no action on pipelines, never actually used Bill 12.

    In recent days, gasoline prices have skyrocketed in Vancouver, reaching an all-time high of $1.67L on Thursday.

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    Alberta Election 2019

    Alberta’s Notley expects pipeline approval soon; Kenney calls it ‘phoney fight’

    EDMONTON — Alberta’s two main political rivals had opposing messages about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion during their election campaigns Monday. 
    NDP Leader Rachel Notley said she expects Ottawa to approve the expansion by the en…

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  • EDMONTON — Alberta’s two main political rivals had opposing messages about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion during their election campaigns Monday. 

    NDP Leader Rachel Notley said she expects Ottawa to approve the expansion by the end of May, while United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney suggested Notley is in a “phoney fight” for pipelines.

    In an election campaign stop with energy workers in Edmonton, Notley said the province is closer than ever to getting the pipeline.

    “Mark my words: this pipeline will get built,” she said. “It has been the fight of my life and I will not stop until the job is done.

    “We are this close, this close to getting that pipeline back under construction. In fact, we expect an approval from the federal government by the end of next month.”

    The National Energy Board endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain line on Feb. 22, which started the clock on a 90-day period for the federal government to decide whether the project should proceed.

    Vanessa Adams, press secretary to federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi, said Ottawa continues to consult with Indigenous communities.

    “To date, our teams have met with over 100 communities and are actively engaging in meaningful, two-way dialogue,” she said in an emailed statement. “We are making important progress each week.”

    Adams said the government is mindful of the time frame for a decision, but is focused on meeting its obligation to consult.

    “We must get that right,” she said.

    Notley said she’s confident the pipeline approval will come.

    “Public opinion is fully behind it,” she said. “The recommendations of the NEB have addressed all of the issues … the position of the industry here and the fact it’s paired with an emissions cap in the oilsands — all of these things address all of the critical objections that have been made in the past.

    “We’ve got growing support from Indigenous groups across this province and into B.C. who want in on the pipeline deal.”

    Notley said about seven in 10 Canadians now support the project because they understand it would support jobs and a strong economy.

    She said that if her party were to be re-elected April 16, she would continue to stand up for Alberta’s energy industry.

    In a speech in Medicine Hat, United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney said Notley has sold the province out to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government.

    “Our premier is pretending,” Kenney said. “The real fight of the NDP’s life has been against the pipeline, against energy jobs, against oil and gas.”

    He suggested the NDP hasn’t been genuine.

    “They opposed Northern Gateway. They folded on Energy East. They opposed Keystone XL. They did nothing to fight back against all these anti-energy Trudeau policies,” he said. “But on Trans Mountain, they are really trying to pull the wool over our eyes about their phoney fight for pipelines.”

    Kenney said if he were Alberta’s next premier, he would immediately bring in “turn-off-the-taps” legislation allowing the province to scale back exports of its crude to B.C. if the government there continued to obstruct the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

    “We will make it very clear to the NDP government in Victoria that if they continue their campaign of obstruction we will be prepared to turn off the flow of Alberta energy to B.C.’s Lower Mainland.”

    Kenney said gasoline prices have hit an all-time high of $1.67 a litre in B.C. and he predicted they would remain high if Alberta were to turn off the taps.

    Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press


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