B.C. takes Alberta to court on law that could see gasoline exports cut

The British Columbia government is taking Alberta to court over a law that could reduce the export of gasoline west.

In a statement of claim filed in Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary, Victoria asserts the law, proclaimed Tuesday by Alberta premier Jason Kenney, is unconstitutional.

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B.C. Premier John Horgan said he will defend his province's interests the same way Kenney will defend the interests of Alberta.

The so-called turn-off-the-taps law was passed by Alberta's former NDP government as part of an effort to see the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built to the B.C. coast.

Kenney brought the legislation into force shortly after being sworn in this week, saying that, while he doesn't intent to use it now, he will if B.C. stands in the way of the expansion.

Despite the court challenge, Horgan said he thinks he and Kenney can have a positive working relationship.

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