Following an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the Alberta government's response to British Columbia proposing added restrictions for pipeline projects, Premier Rachel Notley announced her government's first move.
What legitimate options does Alberta have?
Those discussions are now off, though Notley said the decision doesn't relate to any interest Alberta might have in hydroelectric power from the controversial Site C dam in northern B.C. set to come online in 2025.
"The B.C. government has no authority to make regulations or anything else about what does in those pipelines and the federal government needs to make that very clear".
If they can get inside, Christianne Wilhelmson said the groups' members hope to ask Trudeau about the pipeline and about federal plans to protect endangered southern resident orcas from the threat posed by tanker noise in Georgia Strait. "We will stand by our decision", Trudeau said in a radio interview today.
"That pipeline is going to get built".
He added that without Trans Mountain, B.C. would need to get tankers to the Port of Burnaby, which he says would be even more unsafe.
"It's important to get our oil resources to markets other than the United States for the Alberta economy, for the Canadian economy to continue to grow and we need to do that safely", the Prime Minister said on an Edmonton radio station.
"This is not an Alberta - B.C. issue".
A court case wouldn't be as simple as it sounds, said Eric Adams, a University of Alberta expert in constitutional law.
In a modern homage to Alberta's thoughts on the National Energy Program of the 1980s, Albertans might cry, "Let the western bastards freeze in the dark". Canada's pipeline disaster is deteriorating into a national unity crisis in addition to a financial one, because Canada's land-locked oil is deeply discounted, resulting in lost revenue, taxes and royalties in the tens of millions of dollars a day. If Alberta turned off the taps, gas prices would spike, and the coast would be in a pinch, Shaffer said.
The province also plans to take the issue to court.
The B.C. government hasn't made any comment on Alberta's move to suspend talks.
Moe accused the B.C. NDP of "playing politics" at the risk of thousands of Canadian jobs, future infrastructure projects and investor confidence in the energy industry.
An outright boycott or extra tax on B.C. products would likely violate trade agreements - and potentially see retaliation against Alberta beers - but Albertans could potentially be prodded to try Ontario chardonnay instead. Could similar measures be taken against salmon, peaches and even B.C. cannabis?