Last week, a Calgary judge ruled that the British Columbia government didn’t have the authority to challenge Alberta’s turn-off-the-taps law in an Alberta court.Ever since the Kenney government was sworn in last April and proclaimed into law a bill passed by the NDP that permits Alberta to prevent oil, bitumen and gasoline shipments to B.C., the B.C. NDP government has been apoplectic.Alberta can’t do that to us, they have insisted. So they asked an Alberta court to declare the law unconstitutional and to issue an injunction preventing the Alberta government from using it.So desperate has the B.C. government been to stop Alberta actually turning off the taps that it even claimed in documents it filed in court earlier this year that were we to stop shipping them the oil and gas they need for their own use, it would lead to “increased prices, lack of supply and civil unrest” – i.e. demonstrations and riots.Last Friday, Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Hall ruled that the B.C. government could not sue the Alberta government in an Alberta court over a law passed in the Alberta legislature. For B.C. (or any province) to stop Alberta from implementing a law duly passed in its own assembly, B.C. would have to go to the Federal Court in Ottawa.This is not really a major victory for the Alberta government or for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. (Although any win is better than a loss.)Justice Hall ruled on a matter of jurisdiction, not on whether the Alberta law was more broadly valid.But in fighting this matter in court, the B.C. government has revealed how truly hypocritical and selfish it is.In this case it is arguing that Alberta lacks the constitutional authority to block oil and gas shipments to the West Coast because that would harm B.C. and its interests.In responding to Hall’s ruling, B.C. Attorney General David Eby continued to argue turn-off-the-taps was invalid because it was “designed to hurt people in B.C.”At the same time, though, in a separate case, Eby and the government of NDP Premier John Horgan are arguing they have full constitutional authority to block oil and gas shipments through Trans Mountain according to their environmental whims.So let me see if I have this right: Alberta can’t block shipments that might hurt British Columbians, but the B.C. NDP see nothing wrong with blocking shipments that will undoubtedly hurt Albertans.Eby and the NDP clearly see Confederation as a one-way street.I also think it’s important the B.C. government didn’t bring its action against Alberta’s turn-off-the-taps law while their buddies the Notley NDP were the government here. They waited until the UCP took over in Alberta.Hmm. That’s most likely just because the Notley government passed the law but never proclaimed it (meaning to Notley it was an idle threat she never intended to use against her B.C. friends). Until a law is proclaimed it isn’t official, so it’s hard to challenge in court.But it might also mean the B.C. NDP didn’t want to cause their socialist cousins any additional electoral indigestion, so they waited until Kenney became premier. They could have filed a court “reference” before the law was proclaimed, but didn’t.Back in May B.C.’s own Court of Appeal ruled unanimously that the Horgan government lacks the constitutional authority to stand in the way of a federally approved pipeline such as Trans Mountain. That case is now headed to Ottawa, as last Friday’s likely will be.It will be interesting to see whether the Supreme Court and the Federal Court are as level-headed as their B.C and Alberta counterparts.