Vancouver Sun, Sat Aug 4 2012
By: Peter O’Neil
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Premier Christy Clark has declared that she might try to block a pipeline megaproject deemed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to be in the “national interest.” Her position, and the likelihood that she’ll be replaced by the NDP’s Adrian Dix next spring, signal an end to the decade of federal-provincial détente brought in by former premier Gordon Campbell in 2001, say analysts.
“The Alberta and Harper governments are pushing hard on these pipelines which are strongly opposed by British Columbians,” said UBC professor George Hoberg. “We haven’t been in a situation where there’s been such a strong opposition of interests between the feds and B.C. in a while. So it’s a conflict of interests (rather than) styles of diplomacy.”