The Prime Minister says he will stand up to get the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline built, but did not say whether he will get involved in an emerging trade war between B.C. and Alberta.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday morning prior to a Liberal caucus meeting in Ottawa, Justin Trudeau said he speaks with Canadian premiers regularly about the need for getting the pipeline built.
Ottawa approved the Kinder Morgan project last year that will triple the capacity of oil running through the pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby.
Last Friday, Trudeau finished his cross-country town hall meetings in Nanaimo and defended his support for the pipeline expansion.
On Tuesday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced a ban on wine imported from B.C. following the John Horgan government’s plan for bitumen export regulations.
The B.C. government is considering limiting crude shipments until an independent panel can analyze the safety measures and what response is in place to deal with a potential spill.
Horgan replied by saying if Alberta has a problem with the proposed regulations, they should take the issue to court and not penalize B.C. businesses.
Notley said B.C. can’t attack Alberta’s economy and not expect a response, saying the ban would cost B.C. wineries $70 million a year.
The B.C. Wine Institute says that figure is closer to $160 million.
Wednesday morning, Saskatchewan Premiere Scott Moe said his province will not be joining Alberta’s wine ban.
With files from the Canadian Press