The last time a B.C. NDP premier challenged federal authority, he lost horribly

A B.C. NDP premier directly challenges federal authority, claiming his actions are necessary to protect coastal communities and the health of the ocean.

The preceding sentence could describe the ongoing anti-pipeline moves by B.C. premier John Horgan, but it also neatly summarizes a 1990s saga in which then-premier Glen Clark tried to shut down a torpedo testing range on Vancouver Island.

In that case, though, an irked Liberal government in Ottawa did not hesitate to unleash the nuclear...

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