House of Commons to hold emergency debate on Trans Mountain pipeline tonight

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Canada could lose billions of dollars a year if new routes to overseas markets aren't developed to shrink a discount on crude from landlocked Alberta.

Titled Preserving Canada's Economic Prosperity Act, the bill would require companies exporting energy products from Alberta to apply for a licence.

It would direct pipeline companies, truckers and rail operators on how much oil product they ship and when.

"This tool would be enacting a measure that is similar to the types of things that we would say here in Alberta that B.C. can not do", said Tombe. "The only focus I had in my discussion was the protection of our coast and the defence of B.C.'s interest".

The average price for a litre of regular gasoline in downtown Vancouver was $1.49 on Monday. Ha! Gas price analyst Dan McTeague has predicted prices will climb to 160 cents per litre during the summer as demand increases.

Notley and Horgan have been at odds on the issue for months, with tensions coming to a head in late January when the BC government announced plans to restrict the amount of bitumen that flows to its shores - restrictions that would essentially halt the expansion.

The existing Trans Mountain pipeline is a multi-purpose line that is used to move a variety of crude oils and refined fuels.

Oil producers and the Alberta government are desperate for the pipeline to go ahead, as rising production has outstripped existing pipeline capacity, leading to a widening of the normal differential between Western Canadian oil prices and the USA benchmark.

Over the weekend, the premiers of both provinces attended an emergency meeting with the prime minister over the Trans Mountain expansion, a $7.4-billion project approved despite opposition from the west coast.

Kinder Morgan Canada said it had no comment on the bill, though company CEO Ian Anderson said in February that the company wouldn't look to shut off supplies along the pipeline because it was impractical and not commercially feasible.

Trudeau also announced his government will introduce new legislation that will assert the federal government's authority over the Trans Mountain project.

Mr Trudeau emphasized that the project represented a "vital strategic interest" for Canada and insisted, "It will be built".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, long billed as kindred political spirits, agreed Monday to a fresh, fortified attack on climate change - hoping to keep a shared priority at the forefront of the global agenda despite Donald Trump's decision to quit the battlefield.

Notley called the meeting "good progress".

Leaders from the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, the Tsleil Waututh First Nation and the Squamish First Nation held an event for the media on Monday. The Trudeau government is too soft, unwilling to wield a big stick against the B.C. government.

"This project would simply add capacity to the existing pipeline, and we've set 157 binding conditions to ensure it can be constructed and operated safely", Wilkinson said.

Quebec, for example, put up similar resistance to the Energy East pipeline that BC has put up for Trans Mountain, and just recently sided with BC in its fight with Ottawa over jurisdictional issues. He also has to throw cash at Kinder Morgan. If all else fails and money isn't enough to sweeten the deal for B.C, Trudeau will introduce legislation to ram the pipeline project down its throat.

Horgan wants Ottawa to refer the matter to the Supreme Court but the Liberals are not interested, saying it is already clear the federal government has jurisdiction over the project.

"Kinder Morgan's pipeline is a huge threat to Vancouver's environment and economy".

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