Kenney considers turning off oil taps to BC over pipeline obstruction

In a speech to supporters in Medicine Hat, United Conservative (UCP) Leader Jason Kenney said if he becomes Alberta’s next Premier, he will bring in a law to turn off the oil taps to British Columbia and wouldn’t be afraid to use it.

Mr. Kenney said the NDP brought in legislation after pressure from the UCP but never proclaimed it or used it. He said he would proclaim the law on his first day if the UCP is elected on April 16. Mr. Kenney also said he would make it clear that Alberta is prepared to scale back exports of its crude to B.C. refineries if the provincial NDP government there continues to obstruct the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which provides access for Alberta oil to reach new international markets.

As gasoline prices hit an all-time high of CAD $1.67 per litre in B.C., Mr. Kenney predicted they would remain high if Alberta were to turn off the taps. Earlier in the week, current Alberta Premier and NDP Leader Rachel Notley claimed she is confident the pipeline expansion will be approved by the federal government by the end of May and is willing to bet her Premiership on it.