It is interesting to read Tom Flanagan’s column in the Aug. 4 edition of The Globe and Mail explaining to us the powers of the federal government with respect to the dispute between Alberta and B.C. over the latter province’s decision to refuse the right of Alberta to ship its heavy oil to Asian Pacific markets through B.C.
Such a refusal thereby denies Alberta its constitutional rights under section 92 of The BNA Act.
Professor Flanagan is right.
Would the erudite professor give the same right to provinces with regard to hydroelectricity?
Yet that is precisely what Quebec has done to Newfoundland and Labrador by denying this province the constitutional right to sell power from the Upper Churchill to customers in New York and New England.
When the late prime minister Lester Pearson requested us not to press for our constitutional rights, it was in the early ’60s and the terrorists represented by the FLQ were blowing up mailboxes in Montreal.
We were forced by Quebec to sell our power to Hydro-Québec or not sell it at all.
It will be interesting to see how Prime Minister Stephen Harper reacts to Professor Flanagan’s views.