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Supreme Court rules against B.C. in battle over TMX pipeline

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled against B.C. and their attempt to control what can be shipped in the TMX pipeline.

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In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled against B.C. and their attempt to control what can be shipped in the TMX pipeline.

Chief Justice Richard Wagner said the court will let an earlier B.C. Court of Appeal decision that the pipeline was a federal issue stand.

If B.C. had been successful they could have effectively blocked heavy oil from being shipped through the pipeline.

The court’s ruling came the same day as both sides made oral arguments for their cases. The justice’s mulled their decision for only 30 minutes.

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B.C. Premier John Horgan has opposed the expansion of the pipeline that could carry 890,000 barrels of crude oil a day to the west coast for export.

The Trans Mountain expansion project went through a years-long federal review by the National Energy Board and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency .

It has also been twice approved by the federal Liberal cabinet.

“If you have a pipeline and you can’t put anything through it, it’s totally useless. That frustrates the federal permitting process does it not?” Justice Malcom Rowe said Thursday.

“Today, it’s heavy oil. Tomorrow, it could be anything else.”

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney called the ruling “a big win for Alberta.”

“I believe 2020 will be a good year, a turnaround year for Alberta,” Kenney said.

Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer was thrilled with the outcome.

“The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the rule of law and put an end to the British Columbia government’s campaign of obstruction against Alberta energy,” Schweitzer said in a statement.

“By ensuring that B.C. must respect the federal government’s rigorous process in approving TMX, this outcome will have major ramifications for the project and its profound importance to Albertans and all Canadians.

“Building the TMX and ensuring a fair price for our natural resources will create thousands of new jobs and increased prosperity that will benefit the entire country.”

Ottawa bought the project from its original U.S. proponent, Kinder Morgan, in 2018, for $4.5 billion.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the pipeline “in the interests of Canada.”

The pipeline has been in use since 1953 between Alberta and Burnaby.

There is still a case against the pipeline pending in the Federal Court of Canada.

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Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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URGENT: Saskatchewan election called

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will send the province into an election Tuesday.

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Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will send the province into an election Tuesday.

Moe took to twitter Monday night to tell voters they would be going to the polls in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic.

“Tomorrow, I will ask Lt. Gov. Russ Mirasty to dissolve the Legislature,” Moe tweeted.

“This will be quite a different #skvotes campaign –but a very important one that will ask Saskatchewan voters one question: Who do you trust to lead Saskatchewan’s economic recovery?”

“This will be quite a different #skvotes campaign –but a very important one that will ask Saskatchewan voters one question: Who do you trust to lead Saskatchewan’s economic recovery?”

When the legislature was dissolved, Moe’s Saskatchewan Party held a 46-13 lead over the NDP.

Moe was sworn in as premier in 2018.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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CORY MORGAN WEBCAST: Wild goose hunt, Alberta style

An interview with Jason Siliker of Canadian Premier Hunts on the multiple times that the RCMP interrupted his goose hunt.

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B.C. Liberals vow to cancel PST for one year; return at 3 per cent

“Everybody pays the PST, so everybody saves under the B.C. Liberal plan,” said Andrew Wilkinson

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B.C. Liberals say, if elected, they will help the economy recover by removing the 7 per cent provincial sales tax for one year.

After a year, a Liberal government would set the PST at 3 per cent until the economy recovers.

The federal GST is currently 5 per cent.

“British Columbians have lost confidence in the direction of the province and the weak economic record of the NDP. B.C. families and small businesses need help now, which is why a B.C. Liberal government will immediately eliminate the PST for one year — saving you money right away, getting more people working, and bringing investment back to B.C.,” said B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson.

“Countless people are still out of work, small businesses are facing bankruptcy, and the public health threat from COVID-19 is still very real.

“Eliminating PST puts more money in people’s pockets, stimulates growth for struggling small business, and helps British Columbians who are struggling to get by. This is a vital step to rebuild our economy.”

The Liberals say a family of four earning $60,000 per parent will save $1,714 in the first year, followed by an additional $979 in the second year. 

“Everybody pays the PST, so everybody saves under the B.C. Liberal plan,” said Wilkinson.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is applauding the pledge.

“We pay the PST on everything from used cars to toilet paper so this would save everyone a lot of money,” said Kris Sims, B.C. Director of the CTF.

“The best way to save people money is for governments to stop taking so much of it in the first place.

“We hope all of the parties can match or beat this promise so we can get serious about tax cuts during this election.”

In the 2019-20 budget year, British Columbians paid more than $7.5 billion in the PST.

“We need to do all we can to jolt our economy back to life and eliminating the PST would clear a lot of hurdles for working people and struggling businesses to get things rolling again,” said Sims.

“People know how to spend their money much better than the government does.”

B.C. residents go to the polls Oct. 24.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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