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That said, 69 per cent of British Columbians - including one-third who now oppose the project - say a court ruling that the provincial government does not have the constitutional authority to block the project would be enough to give in and allow the pipeline to be twinned.

Asked if B.C. would take the battle to the Supreme Court of Canada if it wasn't satisfied by the outcome in provincial court, Eby said the province would "cross that bridge when we come to it".

Thousands of people march during a protest against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion in Vancouver on November 19, 2016. The protest comes as Canadian PM Justin Trudeau is set to meet Commonwealth Heads of Government.

The proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline has the support of more than half of British Columbians, but with plenty of caveats, including the minimal impact of threats from Alberta, according to a new poll.

Before April 30, the reference case will first need to be approved by cabinet. If Albertans want to buy themselves a pipeline that may or may not be built, that's up to them.

It would be quite the thing to watch, an American company and not one but two Canadian jurisdictions trying to build a $7.4-billion pipeline expansion. Just 12 per cent said they weren't anxious about any of the options listed, including the impact of fossil fuels, risk of pipeline spills, the impact of pipeline construction and tanker traffic "detracting from natural beauty".

Referring to Kinder Morgan's pipeline, Greenpeace UK oil campaigner Sara Ayech said, "Trudeua's government is planning a huge oil pipeline across Indigenous lands to take the highly polluting tar sands to global markets".

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D'Avignon pointed out that Alberta and B.C. have the most integrated economies in Canada and, if fuel costs rise in B.C., it will affect the cost of trade goods going to Alberta and the cost to ship Alberta products such as grain from West Coast ports.

"So long as it doesn't impair the operations of the pipeline", he said.

Notice must be given to the federal government once it is filed in the court registry.

There could be unintended consequences from governments intervening into commercial and market arrangements, and the regulatory reforms recently introduced by the federal government actually create more uncertainty, not less, Bloomer said. It's a case that hopes to answer the constitutional question that's at the root of the current Alberta and B.C. pipeline deadlock.

"We had a discussion about options; the federal government laid out their plans over the next number of days. and we had a discussion about what role British Columbia could continue to play to protecting and defending our coast".

"The underlying, fundamental issue for Canada is the fact that since the beginning of this country they have system disregarded aboriginal rights, aboriginal peoples, and exploited the lands and resources that our own peoples for others' enjoyment", he said.


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