It will be interesting to see if B.C. Premier Christy Clark is able to prevent Alberta from shipping its oil through British Columbia to its overseas markets unless B.C. gets an unspecified “fair share” of the royalties.
The B.C. premier has stated emphatically that no money means no pipeline.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford has said no deal.
Harken back to the early ’60s, when this province was denied its constitutional right to wheel power from the Upper Churchill to New York and New England markets.
At that time, Quebec took the position that we had to sell our power to Quebec and that the deal had to be locked in to a long-term agreement with enormous profits going to that province.
History has a strange way of repeating itself. The ball would appear to be in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s court unless the two provinces can reach an agreement.
Given the hardline positions of the two premiers, that seems unlikely.