VANCOUVER (May 22, 2018) – Leader of the Official Opposition Andrew Wilkinson released the following statement on the NDP government’s latest court challenge:
“The NDP government’s unnecessary squabble with Alberta is spiralling out of control. Today, Attorney General David Eby filed a court challenge against our neighbour, escalating tensions in a dispute that they themselves started.
“With this claim the NDP are once again saying one thing and doing another. This lawsuit is not about reimbursement of damages as Mr. Eby claimed it would be. Just as Premier John Horgan knew that the province couldn’t stop the pipeline but triggered this dispute anyway, Mr. Eby likewise knew they couldn’t sue for damages but said they would. Now he has backtracked that commitment in the claim filed today.
“We already know who will win and lose. The winners are the lawyers on both sides. The losers are British Columbians, not only because we’ll be asked to pick up the tab for yet another futile but expensive gesture, but also because the NDP has yet again embarrassed and further isolated our province within Canada.”