The Trans Mountain pipeline has dominated Alberta politics in the a year ago and it, along with everything it represents - including Alberta's carbon tax - is expected to overshadow all other issues in the spring election. "And now, we're losing that, some of that, narrative".
Alberta, home to some of Canada's biggest oil and gas companies, was hit hard by the selloff in oil prices that began in 2014, triggering a major industry downturn. And Notley is using what leverage she has.
Notley said the province is still committed to its own climate change leadership plan despite the move away from the federal plan.
It appears that reasoning can cut both ways.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has downplayed the dramatic decision by Alberta's premier to abandon his national climate plan, pointing out that the province is already doing what he wants.
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To be sure, there is no immediate practical policy impact of this announcement. The minimum price will rise by $10 per tonne every year until it reaches $50 per tonne in 2022.
Alberta businesses are discouraged by the court decision, said Ken Kobly, president of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce.
Alberta has been an early-adopter of carbon taxes.
Even if the federal government did seek leave to appeal and the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, that would take 18 months to two years, experts said. Unlike Saskatchewan and Ontario, which are promising court battles over the carbon tax, Alberta was on board.
Notley called on the Trudeau government to fight the issue at the Supreme Court and recall Parliament to give what she called a "crisis" the attention it deserves.
"The pan-Canadian framework is quickly falling apart", Winter explained.
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The decision also triggered dismay from business groups and supporters of the pipeline expansion, with Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer calling it "devastating news for energy workers across Canada and for Canadian taxpayers". "The federal government still has to decide what its path forward is, and at the end of the day, I think as Albertans, you want them in the corner pushing the pipeline", Leach said.
Yes, ministers have promised the pipeline's still going to built.
Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi, MP for Edmonton Mill Woods, wasn't available for comment on Thursday and referred media to Morneau. "Alberta has done everything right and we've been let down".
"I think (judges) sometimes they write these decisions in an academic bubble not realizing the real-world consequences". "There's a whole host of issues that the federal government and our government agree on".
In a unanimous decision by a panel of three judges released Thursday, the court said the National Energy Board's review of the proposal was so flawed that the federal government could not rely on it as a basis for its decision to approve the expansion.
In the meantime, though, Trevor Tombe, a University of Calgary economics professor, said the Alberta government is trying to keep pipelines at the top of the federal political agenda, at a time when there are many other considerations - not least of which is NAFTA.
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"The reality is that this proposal as now planned would impact orcas unless it is changed", said Tollefson, who represented BC Nature and Nature Canada during the first energy board review.