The B.C. government has filed a statement of claim in Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench over legislation that would allow Alberta to restrict oil and gas shipments to B.C.
The legislation was passed last week in response to B.C.'s continued opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. If it is used, it could cause already high gas prices at B.C. pumps to spike.
The statement of claim seeks a declaration that the Preserving Canada's Economic Prosperity Act is unconstitutional and can't be used.
"The government of Alberta introduced and supported the act because it asserts British Columbia is responsible for 'delays' to an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline," the statement reads.
"Alberta seeks to utilize powers under the act to punish British Columbia."
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The B.C. government is being unfairly blamed for delays facing the Trans Mountain expansion, said B.C. Attorney General David Eby.
"We have granted permits at the same pace and with the same process as the previous [B.C.] government," he said Tuesday.
"There has been a mischaracterization of B.C.'s role here."
He noted the project is facing a number of legal challenges, including one by First Nations that challenges the environmental assessment process and was underway before the NDP formed government in B.C.
Law could cause 'irreparable harm,' B.C. says
The B.C. government argues in the statement of claim that a significant amount of gas and diesel consumed in the province comes from Alberta.
"A significant disruption in the supply of gasoline, diesel, and crude oil from Alberta to British Columbia would cause British Columbia irreparable harm," the statement of claim says.
B.C. Attorney General David Eby is taking Alberta to court. (Mike McArthur/CBC)
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