It turns out B.C.’s Green party leader will not get the chance to go head-to-head and challenge Alberta’s Premier over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
On Monday, Andrew Weaver sent an open letter to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, inviting her to publicly debate the merits of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
Early Wednesday morning, Weaver received an email and thought he got the green light.
“It said ‘On behalf of Premier Notley, thank you for your email. I appreciate you reaching out and I have shared your invitation with Premier Notley and her scheduling staff to organize a public meeting between you and her team. Premier Notley’s scheduling staff will follow up with you shortly.'”
Weaver says a meeting with Notley’s ‘team’ wasn’t his intention.
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“I never talked about any public meeting with her team. I wanted to have a public meeting with her. The implication from this, if this sentence is read, is that the scheduling team was going to go ahead and organize a public meeting between me and her team.”
But by Wednesday evening…
“Another letter came. ‘Dear Doctor Weaver, unfortunately we are unable to oblige your request.”’
Weaver says Notley is ‘flip-flopping’ on the issue.
He says he’s also disappointed that she failed to speak to the people of B.C. as well when she paid a visit earlier this week.
CKNW has reached out to Notley for comment.