Saskatchewan would support Alberta's decision to turn off oil taps

Saskatchewan's premier says he'd stand by Alberta if they decided to turn off the oil taps because of the ongoing pipeline dispute with British Columbia.

If fuel tanks run dry, Premier Scott Moe says Saskatchewan won't fill them up

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says he think Alberta should consider turning off the taps. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press )
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Saskatchewan's premier says he'd stand by Alberta if they decided to turn off the oil taps because of the ongoing pipeline dispute with British Columbia.

Scott Moe said he would "absolutely" encourage Rachel Notley, his Alberta counterpart, to cut Canada off from their oil supply.

"If the fuel tanks start to run dry because Premier Notley has turned the tap off, it won't be Saskatchewan filling them up," Scott Moe told The House.  

Though his province isn't connected to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, the delays are affecting rail shipments of grain and other products in and out of the province as more oil moves by train, he said.

In early February, B.C. Premier John Horgan proposed restrictions to bitumen shipments that would flow through the pipeline from Alberta to the West Coast. In response, Rachel Notley pulled Alberta back from purchasing hydro power and wine from their western neighbour.

The war escalated a few weeks later when Notley floated the idea of cutting oil shipments from Alberta entirely.

Though the issue revolves around the two westernmost provinces, Moe said he'd back Notley if she decided to cut the oil supply — no matter the intended destination.

"I think she can turn them off to wherever she has access to until we ensure that this pipeline that has been approved by our federal government is starting construction."

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