Kenney sworn in as premier of Canada's oil-rich Alberta

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"I always say Albertans are fair people". That includes its provisions on in situ oilsands development.

Kenney wants all the amendments proposed by the former NDP government in Alberta accepted.

But Kenney said the government is putting national unity at risk by trying to get this bill adopted.

"An action taken by an energy minister to actually stop shipment to B.C. would be the constitutional and intergovernmental equivalent of a nuclear weapon and I don't think the Kenney government is in the mood to go that far".

One real problem for Alberta is that a government can not pass a law that regulates exports in a way that discriminates against another province or region, he said.

"This bill does not need a nip-and-tuck; it needs complete reconstructive surgery or to be put out of its misery", Kenney told senators of the committee on the final day it is holding hearings on its study of the bill. The EPAC president, who represents oil and gas companies, is in Ottawa this week to press for changes to Bill C-69.

The federal government will make a decision by June 18 on whether pushing forward with the expansion is in the public interest.

But Kenney said that since the cancellations of several pipelines, the delays to the Trans Mountain project, and now Bill C-69, support for Alberta to secede has more than doubled.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and new Alberta Premier Jason Kenney put on polite faces for the cameras at the start of their first official meeting in Ottawa Thursday, but the cordial handshake and civil tone of their opening remarks belied the tension that exists between them.

EDMONTON _ Former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney has been officially sworn in as Alberta's premier. "We play by the rules, but we expect others to play by the same rules", Kenney said.

Kenney said the UCP needs the power to protect "Alberta's ability to get a return on their resources", and that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is in the interest of all Canadians.

It is legislation passed by former NDP premier Rachel Notley a year ago and held in reserve as Alberta battled B.C.'s opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion, a project that would triple the capacity of the existing pipeline in order for Alberta to export more oil overseas.

It says that there is a serious issue to be tried and claims that "irreparable harm" would result to British Columbians if the law is carried out.

The price for a litre of regular unleaded gasoline hovered just shy of $1.70 at many stations in Vancouver at midday Wednesday.

"The timing is certainly one that would get the attention of most", McTeague said.

It's important to remember that Trans Mountain only carries a limited amount of consumer gasoline and diesel alongside crude oil that must be refined, analysts say.

Alberta's government has already forced oil producers to curtail their output in a bid to lift domestic prices.

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