By Kevin Maimann Star Edmonton Mon., April 8, 2019 EDMONTON–NDP Leader Rachel Notley says she expects the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline extension to be approved by the end of May. Notley announced Monday that she expects federal approval on the controversial project by the end of next month and said a majority of Canadians now support the project, even in British Columbia. “Canadians understand that building a pipeline will support jobs and a strong economy across the country. They also understand that Alberta energy is produced to the highest environmental standards in the world,” Notley said in a statement. “That’s the case I have been making from day one. And that’s the case I will continue to make, standing up for Alberta’s energy industry.” More to come ... Article Continued Below Kevin Maimann is an Edmonton-based reporter covering education and marijuana legalization. Follow him on Twitter: … [Read more...] about Rachel Notley says Trans Mountain pipeline approval coming in May
By The Canadian Press Tues., Feb. 26, 2019 EDMONTON—Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is to make her case in person to a Senate committee studying proposed legislation that would change how major energy projects are approved. Notley is to appear before the energy, environment and natural resources committee on Thursday. She and her government have already spoken out against Bill C-69, which has passed in the House of Commons and is now before the Senate. The bill proposes a new way of handling environmental assessments on large natural resource projects, including oil pipelines and mining operations. Notley has said she is concerned the changes would impinge on a provincial right to manage resources. Article Continued Below She also has said the proposed rules and timelines could be so onerous they would discourage companies from pursuing mega-projects. Report an error Journalistic Standards About The Star Read more about: Edmonton … [Read more...] about Alberta Premier Rachel Notley to speak to Senate committee on energy projects
By Chantal Hébert Star Columnist Fri., Nov. 30, 2018 With a provincial election to be held on or before May 31 of next year and her province’s energy industry in crisis, Alberta premier Rachel Notley is essentially on her own. The fact of her political isolation was made clear when she travelled to the federal capital this week to personally sound the alarm about the crippling toll an oil glut it taking on her province and on Canada’s economy. The situation has become so dire, she argued, that it justifies the buying, by governments, of 7,000 extra rail cars to make up for a dearth of pipeline capacity to get the oil to markets. She wants Justin Trudeau’s government to pitch in. But if Notley hoped that delivering her message within shouting distance of Parliament Hill would make a significant difference, she was wrong. In the House of Commons, her oil-by-rail solution found no champion on the opposition benches. Article Continued … [Read more...] about Alberta’s Rachel Notley finds herself isolated and living on borrowed time
By Gillian Steward Columnist Mon., April 16, 2018 In the end Justin Trudeau didn’t have much choice. He couldn’t be seen to look weak when it comes to asserting federal authority in the dispute between Alberta and B.C. over the future of a trans-provincial pipeline that would ship diluted bitumen from the oilsands to the West Coast for export to Asia. That would have opened a Pandora’s Box of problems with provincial governments across the country. And he couldn’t throw Alberta premier Rachel Notley under the bus after she bought into his climate change policies at great political cost to her NDP government. Besides, if she and the NDP lose the next provincial election, Trudeau will have much bigger problems to contend with in the person of UCP leader Jason Kenney, who has pledged to repeal the Notley/Trudeau carbon tax and limits on oilsands greenhouse gas emissions. Article Continued Below So when Trudeau invited the bickering … [Read more...] about Trudeau bets he and Notley can push the pipeline through B.C.
As Kathleen Wynne and Rachel Notley have reminded us, trade protectionism doesn’t easily go away. It is too popular.Wynne, the embattled Ontario premier, is earning political points by threatening to retaliate against New York and other U.S. states that impose Buy American laws.Alberta premier Notley is doing much the same thing. But her target is British Columbia. In retaliation for its effort to stall a heavy-oil pipeline that Alberta wants, Notley has banned the sale of B.C. wine in her province.All of this comes as Canadian politicians across the political spectrum swear allegiance to the theology of free trade.Their unspoken assumption is that only ignoramuses like U.S. President Donald Trump think otherwise. … [Read more...] about Kathleen Wynne and Rachel Notley take on free-trade theology