United Conservative leader Jason Kenney says the federal government has the ability to intervene and stop British Columbia’s government from “violating the Constitution” as it moves to halt the expansion of the Trans-Mountain pipeline.
“Words are not enough, we need action,” Kenney told The West Block‘s Vassy Kapelos this weekend.
“The regulation of interprovincial pipelines is totally a federal jurisdiction. So I appreciate the federal government saying they support the pipeline that they approved, but they need to back it up with action.”
The pipeline project is currently at the centre of an inter-provincial showdown between Alberta and British Columbia, with B.C. saying it wants to restrict the amount of diluted bitumen that can be transported by pipeline or rail through the province until it can better understand the ability to mitigate spills.
That will mean public consultations, and setting up an independent scientific advisory panel to make recommendations. That, in turn, translates to more delays for Kinder Morgan’s project, Kenney said.