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Expect civil disobedience as the next step in Trans Mountain dispute: Crowley in Sun Papers – MLI

Here is the bad news for those who think the current spat between BC and Alberta over the Trans Mountain pipeline is the final hurdle before the project is completed: You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

When all is said and done, BC will eventually have to recognize that it must act within the law – and the law here is firmly on Ottawa’s side. The courts have already made crystal clear that the federal government makes decisions about infrastructure, like pipelines and railways, that crosses provincial boundaries.

Yet, the province of BC isn’t the last obstacle to be overcome on the road to pipeline construction. Even once BC accepts it must obey the law, we still need to deal with the hard line environmental movement. People who are unmoved by arguments based on our legal and constitutional processes by which we resolve disputes and who do not accept that those on the losing end of such arguments must nevertheless respect the democratic process and the rule of law.

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