The BC Liberal leader believes the federal government will side with her and her proposal to ban thermal coal exports from the province’s ports.
Christy Clark was responding to comments made Wednesday by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley about whether Clark has the authority to ban thermal coal.
“It’s inconceivable that the federal government would’ve banned the movement of oil off the coast, which is cleaner than thermal coal, and not ban thermal coal.”
Earlier this week, Clark says she’d use existing regulations to raise the price of thermal coal exports by $70-per-tonne in a response to U.S. tariffs on softwood lumber.
But Notley fired back suggesting she doesn’t believe B.C. has the legal authority to restrict the flow of goods from another province.
Clark adds she isn’t worried about whether the coal industry will suffer in the face of the proposed tax, saying coal shippers in Prince Rupert can retool to move LNG.
“We are moving to create an LNG industry up in [Prince] Rupert that will have a huge impact on the number of jobs up there.”
Prince Rupert is the home of Ridley Terminals – a port that ships 9,000 tonnes of coal per hour.
NDP leader John Horgan has criticized Clark for not checking in with the softwood lumber trade envoy before speaking out about coal.