Prime minister Jason Kenny said that the federal tanker Suspension Act poses a serious threat to Alberta's economy and that it will launch a constitutional challenge if the province passes in its current form.
"We don't agree with this bill, during which time," he told the Senate committee to review the controversial bill C-
48 games in Edmonton on Tuesday
"Simply put, this legislation is an attack on Alberta.
"I don't think it has anything to do with marine security.
I think it's about politics. ”Bill C-
48 The passage of tankers in most parts of Canada's west coast is prohibited and will be applicable to tankers transporting more than 12,500 metric tons of crude oil or persistent petroleum products.
Depending on the severity of the violation, the fine could be as high as $5 million.
Kenny and Energy Minister Sonia Savage, who joined him shortly after taking the oath of office, said Ottawa was "stacking decks" against Alberta because the legislation covered oil products
"BC can deliver liquefied natural gas, but propane cannot be delivered in Alberta," he told the commission . ".
The bill, he said, would be detrimental to investment in the province and he believes there has been a "crisis" in investor confidence ".
Savage, who worked for Enbridge in government affairs and public policy, said there was no compromise that would allow the province to support the bill.
"This is directly for products in Alberta and Alberta," she said . ".
Kenny said he plans to consult with the Justice Department to determine what would be involved in the constitutional challenge.
The Senate Transportation and Communications Committee is hearing testimony from witnesses across Canada.
"We have been torn apart," said Julie Minville, an independent senator from Quebec . "
Deputy chairman of the committee, diheane.
"The difference between perspectives (Indigenous)
Tribes of Alberta and coastal countries . . . . . . Very special.
She said in B. C.
The bill is clearly opposed.
"They don't want any risk of oil leakage . . . . . . They don't want to develop, they don't want pipes.
Craig Makinaw, president of the state of Ermineskin Cree, told the committee on Tuesday that indigenous communities opposed oil and gas.
"I want to tell you how my country has used oil and gas revenues for a long time," he said . ".
"We have a lot of successful companies and we have expanded into solar.
We have commercial properties.
Makinaw urged the Commission to throw out the bill saying there would be "winners and losers" if it was adopted ".
He also stressed that communities south of Edmonton are dealing with the unemployment rate of 28%.
"The federal government should have a fiduciary responsibility for us," he said . ".
His comments echo the comments of Don Scott, mayor of Woodborough, who told the commission bill C-
It is disastrous for Alberta.
"I 'd rather see the bill disappear," he said . " He added that if the bill goes through, he wants it to include a transportation corridor that transports oil and gas products.
"There needs to be some access to the market.
He also criticized the act as discriminating against Alberta.
Many critics of the legislation share the same view.
"There is the same risk in the east.
"Why is this bill not addressing this issue," he said . ". But Miville-
This is not a reasonable argument, said dehern. “Northern B. C. … is pristine.
"There is no tanker," she told reporters . ".
"So how do you get it with the Marine Times and St. Lawrence (Seaway)
Over the years, there have been some tankers and some developments there.
Alberta independent Senator Paula Simons, formerly a columnist for the Edmonton Daily, said she felt conflicted about the bill after hearing testimony from Prince Rupert and the terraceC.
She told reporters: "We have heard very exciting and powerful evidence and testimony, especially from the First Nations . . . . . . They are eager to protect their truly beautiful territory from pollution.
In Edmonton, the committee heard B. C.
Community groups that focus on wild salmon habitat.
"Transportation of asphalt on the north coast is a crazy gamble," the Northwest Observer Association, United.
Anne Hill, chairman of B. TerraceC.
"Please support the bill passed by our Parliament.
But Simmons said the bill was a ban on the pipeline.
"I'm not sure if the government provides a scientific basis for such a broad ban.
"It also questions the troubled Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion project, which remains pending after multiple delays, pending federal approval.
"This is an exchange when TMX is approved --
TMX will be allowed to continue, and for the people of BC, balance is to protect this particular ecosystem, "Simmons said.
"I don't see how I can vote for C-
48 don't know that TMX is a go.
"During the campaign, then-
Prime Minister Rachel nortelly attacked the bill and told the commission through a video link that it should be abolished.
She proposed in April 9 that the federal act would kill jobs and create double standards for resources in Alberta. Bill C-
48 is one of two split federal legislation that has caused a wave of Alberta's oil and gas industry.
Senate Standing Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources held hearings on the C-Bill in Calgary earlier this month69.
The bill, called the Impact Assessment Act, will revolutionize Canada's energy regulatory process, change the rules for project approval, and replace the National Energy Commission with Canada's new energy regulator.
Kenny vowed to launch a constitutional challenge to Bill C.
Critics believe this will stop the construction of future pipelines. Bill C-
48 hearings continued in Regina on Wednesday.
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