Stakes are high as western premiers set to meet in Edmonton
Published Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:58AM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:58PM MDT
Premiers from across western Canada will gather in Edmonton on Wednesday and Thursday for their annual summer meeting.
Jason Kenney will host B.C. Premier John Horgan, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver, N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod, and Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq at Government House.
"I am honoured to be hosting my fellow Western Premiers for this vital conference," Kenney said in a written statement. "It’s time to make the western provinces and territories the source of Canada’s strength and the inspiration for its future through economic competitiveness and enhanced market access for our resources. I look forward to our productive discussions and real progress on these and other issues."
It will be the first face-to-face meeting between Kenney and Horgan since Kenney won the Alberta provincial election in April.
Since then, there has been tension between the two provinces, especially in the wake of the senate’s decision to pass Bill C-48 and Bill C-69 last week. Bill C-48 imposes a moratorium on oil tankers loading at ports on the northern coast of British Columbia. Bill C-69 overhauls the federal environmental assessment process for major construction projects.
The meeting also coincides with the Alberta government’s decision to file an intervention notice to support the Saskatchewan fight against the federal carbon tax with the Supreme Court of Canada.
Saskatchewan filed an appeal to the SCOC after losing a constitutional challenge in its own appeal court. A tentative date of Dec. 5 has been set for the hearing.