The president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is frustrated the Alberta and Saskatchewan governments have had to resort to potentially blocking the flow of oil to B.C.
In an interview on Gormley Tuesday, CAPP president Tim McMillan maintained B.C. Premier John Hogan is holding Canada hostage as he faces pressure from the Green Party to block the Trans Mountain pipeline project.
McMillan applauds the stance the governments of Alberta and now Saskatchewan are prepared to take to pressure the B.C. government to allow the pipeline expansion to move ahead. But he also noted he hopes it doesn’t get to that point.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s government introduced legislation on Monday that would give the province power to unilaterally reduce exports of oil and natural gas. Premier Scott Moe announced the Saskatchewan government would follow suit.
“We support very much the efforts of our Saskatchewan and Alberta premiers to force this question and force this issue,” McMillan commented.
McMillan said the industry already fights so hard to get market access and one of the tools they already use is to moderate the ability to ship oil to B.C.
“There’s some thoughtfulness to it, but it still is going to affect our industry and in the short term that’s going to hurt, but in the long-term that’s what we need is market access,” McMillan commented.
He said he hopes the issue with B.C. can be resolved before legislation to block oil is actually imposed.