Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Trans-Mountain-Notley-Steelworkers)

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is warning B-C steelworkers that their jobs are at risk every day the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion is delayed.

Notley told a United Steelworkers convention in Kamloops that it is dumb that the economy is losing millions of dollars a day because Alberta can't get its oil to world markets.

She says Americans are pocketing billions of dollars in profits because Canadian oil is facing deep discounts due to a shipping bottleneck.

Notley added the pipeline project would bring 400-million dollars in construction activity to the Kamloops area alone, as well as an added six-billion in revenue to the B-C government over 20 years. (The Canadian Press)

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(Carbon-Pricing-Court)

Saskatchewan says its lawyers are analyzing written arguments submitted by Ottawa in its court reference case challenging the federal carbon tax.

The province has asked Saskatchewan's highest court to rule whether forcing the tax on provinces without their own carbon price is constitutional.

The federal government says that climate change is a matter of national concern and a failure to act by one province will harm other provinces as well as Canada's relations with other countries.

A provincial spokesman says Saskatchewan believes the carbon tax is unconstitutional because it's being applied unevenly.

But Ottawa contends in the factum that there is no constitutional requirement for federal laws to operate equally throughout Canada. (The Canadian Press)

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(Mba-Hydro-Metis)

Manitoba's premier is defending his government's decision to back out of a benefits agreement with the Manitoba Metis Federation for the second time this year.

The deal with the former N-D-P government would have given the federation 20 million dollars over 20 years in exchange for dropping any opposition to a giant hydro transmission line and generation station. …

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