(File photo)

Ottawa delays B.C.-Ottawa child care funding deal amid heightened pipeline dispute

Tensions escalate between Alberta and B.C. over Kinder Morgan expansion

Officials in Premier John Horgan’s office are confirming the abrupt postponement by Ottawa last week of a scheduled joint news conference on a child-care funding agreement.

But they are not blaming the simmering oil pipeline dispute between Alberta, B.C. and the federal government for the delayed announcement.

READ: B.C. has ‘days’ to figure out Kinder Morgan pipeline dispute: Notley

Horgan’s officials say the dispute over the $7.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project was not mentioned when federal officials pulled out of last Friday’s scheduled announcement.

B.C. government documents signed Friday show a three-year early learning child-care agreement between the federal and provincial governments worth about $153 million.

Katrina Chen, the minister of state for child care, didn’t know the reason behind the postponement, but says she’s proud to be part of a government standing up for the province’s interests.

Federal and provincial bureaucrats have been meeting since last Thursday over issues arising from B.C.’s plans to challenge the federally-approved pipeline over environmental concerns.

READ: Notley launches more ways to fight B.C.’s pipeline stance

The minority New Democrats outlined plans this week to create tens of thousands of child care spaces in the government’s throne speech.

The Canadian Press


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Man with an axe arrested after a ‘brief struggle’ with Oliver RCMP

RCMP said a male carrying a large axe was arrested after an alleged break and enter

MRI wanted for Salmon Arm

Resident urges council to support request, points to many advantages

ANAVETs to host special general meeting over future of the club

A special joint meeting will take place at the Penticton club

Penticton youth centre gets $50,000 boost

Summerland group donates to YES Project youth centre fundraising campaign

B.C. freestyle skier wins gold

Cassie Sharpe of Comox shines in the halfpipe

Your Feb. 20 Morning Brief

Check out the top stories of the day in the Okanagan-Shuswap with Carmen Weld’s Black Press Morning Brief.

Fred Rogers, America’s favourite neighbour, celebrated in 2018

The golden anniversary of America’s favorite neighbor is being celebrated with a PBS special next month

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Toddler breaks leg after boot sucked into escalator at Vancouver airport

A Calgary woman is reminding parents of the dangers of escalators after her toddler’s foot was stuck in one and he broke his leg

Alleged Kamloops gangster finally sentenced after four years

Four years after Kamloops police raided man’s home, the alleged gangster is sentenced

Future Olympian talent search coming to Kelowna

RBC Training Ground will put young athletes through their paces under experts’ watchful eyes

Moose creates uber Canadian Olympic moment

A Calgary man shares a truly Canadian moment on Twitter of a Moose enjoying the Olympics

Aboriginal employees sought by health authority

Interior Health sets goal to add 1,200 Aboriginal employees to workforce by 2025

Most Read