In her time as premier BC Liberal leader Christy Clark has, in a few public speeches, been quick to slam Alberta as a province that is on the skids.
However, that sentiment may come back to bite her, as Clark continues to say she’ll stand up to U.S. President Donald Trump in the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada.
In the last few days, Clark has threatened to put a punitive $70-per-tonne carbon tax on thermal coal as a way of standing up to Trump.
But when Rachel Notley was asked about that prospect on Wednesday, the Alberta premier questioned whether Clark is able to enact such a tax.
“I’m not convinced that the authority actually exists within the provincial government, and we will continue to try to engage in thoughtful, pan-Canadian conversations.”
Notley says she wouldn’t support any tax that would harm residents of her province.
“We would argue that, of course, something that would impact Alberta’s export industry like that is of course bad news for Albertans.”
At the end of April, Trump slapped a 20 per cent tariff on softwood lumber sales, claiming that “Canada has treated [the US] very unfairly.”
That tariff came after Trump spent weeks criticizing Canada’s dairy, energy and lumber sectors.
Notley says those threats need to be challenged by the provinces, but only through working in conjunction with the federal government.