Trudeau to meet with BC, Alberta premiers Sunday on Trans Mountain

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A new bill soon to be introduced to the Alberta legislature will likely cause gas prices in British Columbia to rise even higher than they already are.

Gas prices in BC have been consistently hitting above the $1.50 per litre mark in the past few weeks, and drivers on the West Coast can only expect an increase if Bill 12 passes.

The goal of the itinerary change is to convene a Sunday meeting with B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley "to discuss next steps for moving the Trans Mountain Expansion project forward", the prime minister's office said in a statement.

The project, which would triple capacity between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C., received Ottawa's approval in 2016, but court challenges and permit delays in B.C. have held up construction.

OTTAWA-Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will interrupt an global trip to return to Ottawa for a weekend meeting with the premiers of Alberta and a bid to resolve the political impasse over the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Limiting shipments to B.C. "That will require us to talk with the provinces, and we're not going to negotiate in public or talk about those options publicly at this stage".

Debate around Trans Mountain has turned to fear-mongering rather than facts and evidence, B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver said in a statement Tuesday.

She said that includes limiting where the product goes and how it is transported. "It is irresponsible to be throwing such inflammatory terms around when simply trying to consult with British Columbians and to seek scientific evidence about a substance that poses a significant risk to our communities and to our economy".

The bill, put forward by Marg McCuaig-Boyd as the Preserving Canada's Economic Prosperity Act, or Bill 12, is expected to be unveiled sometime next week, though Hoffman touched on the bill's abilities during the April 10 sitting of the legislature.

Notley said the bill would deal with how the government issues licences and places conditions on export licences.

Kinder Morgan has set May 31 as the deadline for various stakeholders to reach agreement that could allow the project to proceed.