There won't be any fireworks between the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia at the Western premiers conference this week, because Alberta Premier Rachel Notley isn't going.
Ms. Holmwood said Mr. Horgan thinks it "vitally important" to be at the talks to deal with such shared issues as pharmacare, other health-care issues and affordability.
However, as a result of these financial pressures, last month Kinder Morgan scrapped all non-essential work on the pipeline, stating that it would ditch the project unless these challenges were resolved by 31 May.
Notley sent her deputy premier to the meeting in her place.
"I understand Premier Notley's frustration, I share her frustrations", Moe said.
With nine days to go in the deadline for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to begin, Premier Scott Moe is calling on the federal government to ramp up its efforts to ensure the project moves ahead.
Reacting to the lawsuit, Notley said she wasn't surprised and that B.C.is trying to stoke uncertainty in negotiations.
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The NDP government in B.C. came to power a year ago - supported by the Green Party - after an election campaign in which it committed to working against the pipeline expansion owing to environmental concerns.
Earlier in the week, Horgan said he didn't expect any drama at the meetings over Trans Mountain.
Trudeau said Canada loses $15 billion a year because oil can not be exported anywhere but the United States, adding that the pipeline expansion opens up the option of exporting to Asian markets. "That's why we're fighting for the pipeline".
Alberta sees the pipeline as key to moving bitumen from the province to the west coast and from there to lucrative overseas markets. "At the same time - a pipeline that would matter greatly to the Canadian economy, that has gone through all of the regulatory hoops, which are onerous, now being blocked by the actions of the British Columbia government ... highlights the need for us to have a rules-based system in our country".
The spill comes less than a week before the company's self-imposed deadline to make a final decision on the Trans Mountain expansion.
"Nothing's going to change, it's just going to be a different victim in this political game of tennis". Indeed, as Bloomberg pointed out at the end of last week, "Justin Trudeau's pipeline nightmare may be only getting started ... the prime minister could end up fighting for an asset that hardly anybody wants".