Premier Rachel Notley says Kinder Morgan putting a May 31st deadline in place to decide if the company will move forward with the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion shows how frustrated the company is.
She says the pipeline will go ahead - one way or another.
"Alberta is prepared to be an investor in the pipeline," said Notley. "And let me be clear if we take that step we will be a significantly more determined investor than B.C. has dealt with up to this point."
Notley says Albertans have been clear – get this pipeline built. And Albertans are right – this pipeline must be built.
She also had a message for British Columbia.
“First, Premier Horgan believes he can harass this project without economic consequences for his province. He is wrong. We will be bringing forward legislation in coming days giving our government the powers it needs to impose serious economic consequences on B.C. if its government continues on its present course.
“Second, Premier Horgan believes he can harass the investors and managers of Kinder Morgan, that they will give up, and that this will kill this project. He is wrong here as well.”
She is also calling on the Federal Government to take concrete steps.
Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr has called on the Government of British Columbia to suspend all threats of delay to the Trans Mountain expansion.
"Those are strong words, but we need more. We are calling on the federal government to act in the defence of Alberta and working people in Western Canada."
Notley said Ottawa has stepped up to help the auto industry and the aerospace industry and now they must act to help the energy industry.
"We call on them to act with concrete action. Federal approval of a project must be worth more than the paper it is written on."
"Never count Alberta out this pipeline will be built."