Premier Rachel Notley says any British Columbia government will be told they do not have the authority to stop the expansion of the TransMountain pipeline.
“At the end of the day, this is a federal decision,” Notley said at an 11 a.m. press conference at the legislature.
She acknowledged that some disagree with the pipeline expansion project, but believes they should not be allowed to hold the Canadian economy hostage.
Pipelines are Canada’s “gateway to the world,” Notley said.
Even though B.C.’s Liberal premier Christy Clark remains in power with a minority government following the May 9 provincial election, the full results of the vote are still unknown.
The approval has been touted by the government as a major victory and both Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have chalked it up to the government’s plan to combat greenhouse gas emissions in the province.
The expanded pipeline would carry crude and refined oil from Alberta to the British Columbia coast, opening up key Asian markets.
The pipeline has been thrown into some uncertainty by the results of the British Columbia election, where the NDP and Green Party, who oppose the project, had a strong showing. The B.C. Liberals, who support the pipeline, won 43 seats and will have first crack at governing with a minority government.