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(BC-Spill Response) (Audio: P10)

B-C Premier John Horgan is refusing to take the bait.

He says he has no intention of responding in any way to what he calls the provocations by Alberta and that he hopes cooler heads on the other side of the Rockies will prevail.

The B-C government has infuriated Alberta after it announced it is holding up the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion until it is satisfied an oil spill can be properly dealt with if one should occur.

Alberta retaliated by banning imports of B-C wines.

In Ottawa, the opposition parties are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to intervene in the dispute.

Federal N-D-P Leader Jagmeet Singh says Trudeau is to blame for the disagreement in the first place because of federal environmental assessment rules. (15)

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(Lighthizer-NAFTA)

The United States trade czar will not confirm it, but a Democrat who is privy to the NAFTA talks says Robert Lighthizer is talking about settling a deal with Mexico first, before Canada.

Congressman Ron Kind says that's because Lighthizer is frustrated with Canada's positions at the bargaining table.

Kind is one of numerous lawmakers who attended a rare briefing with the U-S trade representative on Capitol Hill.

Three other congressmen who participated in the meeting didn't confirm or deny Lighthizer's comments. (15)

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(Ottawa-Trade)

International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is briefing senators today on Canada's participation in the new

Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

He's fielding questions from the Senate foreign affairs committee about the deal.

The details of the deal have yet to be rolled out after Canada and 10 other countries signed a reconstituted T-P-P -- minus the

United States -- on January 23rd. …

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