Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left), sits beside BC Premier John Horgan at Tuesday’s LNG Canada announcement.
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Daron Bilous, Alberta minister of trade and economic development.

“I am deeply disappointed that the NDP minority government’s tax giveaway has resulted in the country’s single biggest source of emissions receiving an FID,” said BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver, whose party holds the balance of power in the Legislature.

“Adding such a massive new source of GhGs means that the rest of our economy will have to make even more sacrifices to meet our climate targets. A significant portion of the LNG Canada investment will be spent on a plant manufactured overseas, with steel sourced from other countries. BC taxpayers will subsidize its power by paying rates twice as high and taking on the enormous public debt required to build Site C.”

But Weaver’s bleating is nothing compared to the public uproar surrounding Trans Mountain Expansion. Bilous and other Albertans are understandably miffed that one project is welcomed with open arms and another that benefits Alberta is so staunchly resisted.

Which is why Alberta needs to keep its eye on the ball.

Frankly, Horgan is irrelevant to Trans Mountain Expansion.

He talked about restricting pipeline shipments of diluted bitumen through BC, then backed down and sent a reference case on the proposed regulation to the BC Court of Appeal. No decision yet by the court, but Horgan’s track record supporting unsuccessful appeals of National Energy Board decisions by the City of Burnaby suggests the egregious over-reach by the provincial government is likely to be dismissed.

Otherwise, all Horgan has is hot air.

The real action involves First Nation legal challenges – like the judicial review decision that has Ottawa scrambling to fix indigenous consultations and undertake an assessment of the environmental impacts on more marine traffic on killer whales – and protests.