“It is so far beyond the scope of what they have the legal authority to do, they (NDP BC Premier John Horgan) are creating a MOCKERY out of our legal system,” an angry Rachel Notley told reporters in Edmonton.
“The B.C. government has every right to consult on whatever it pleases with its citizens. It does not have the right to rewrite our Constitution and assume powers for itself that it does not have. If it did, our confederation would be meaningless.”
Have we ever seen one NDP Premier threaten to take another NDP Premier to court?
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has threatened to retaliate economically against what she called an "unconstitutional" move by the B.C. government to delay construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Notley has already vowed to take legal action against the B.C. government, which on Tuesday proposed new restrictions on shipments of bitumen that would flow through the expanded pipeline from Alberta to the West Coast.
On Wednesday, Notley called an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss Alberta's options to strike back in what has become a super-heated battle with the NDP government in B.C.
"The B.C. government took this action with no provocation and almost no warning," Notley said. "The government of Alberta will not, we cannot, let this unconstitutional attack on jobs and working people stand."
Though Notley said she has "every expectation" that the B.C. government will act within the law, her government has already made preparations for possible legal and economic responses should that not be the case.
"Specifically, last summer, I asked officials to begin work on polishing the tools in our toolbox," Notley said. "And so today, I would like us all to discuss how best to use those tools to stand up for Albertans and for their jobs.