Canada PM to act on pipeline crisis in days to come: province

Canada PM to act on pipeline crisis in days to come: province

Canada PM to act on pipeline crisis in days to come: province

"The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was approved by the National Energy Board in May of 2016 and the Federal Cabinet in November of that year...18 months and no shovels in the ground", he said, adding that due to lack of progress "we need to see a change of government at both the federal and provincial level next year".

Despite the number of First Nations communities that have a stake in the project - whether they have negotiated benefit agreements with Kinder Morgan or have been protesting at the Burnaby construction site - there were no Indigenous leaders at the meeting on Sunday.

The move has been the subject of a heated trade battle between B.C. and Alberta since January and has seen almost 200 people arrested for demonstrating at Kinder Morgan work sites in Burnaby.

Trudeau emerged from a meeting with the Alberta and B.C. premiers Sunday to tell reporters that the federal government is set to provide substantial financial backing to Texas-based Kinder Morgan in order that the pipeline, planned to stretch from Edmonton, Alberta to Vancouver, B.C., will be constructed.

The company, unhappy about moves by the British Columbia government to impede the C$7.4 billion ($5.9 billion) project on environmental grounds, is threatening to walk away unless it receives sufficient clarity about the path ahead by May 31.

Notley has already said her government will buy the project outright to ensure its completion, if necessary.

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PM Trudeau has stated it is not the Province of BC's jurisdiction to bring a halt to the Trans Mountain Pipeline, instead it is a federal matter.

The problem is Horgan already knows he has no jurisdiction over the pipeline.

Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion project would twin an existing oil pipeline that extends from central Alberta to the west coast.

"It is deeply troubling that the Prime Minister is considering using public funds to absorb investor risk in this project".

His environment minister, George Heyman, dropped that bombshell in the B.C. legislature last week.

Even if Horgan realizes he has backed himself into a corner, he can't simply admit he overstepped his authority and made a mistake. And the courts are already involved.

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In a separate case, the province still needs to submit a reference question to the courts about whether it has the jurisdiction to limit the transport of bitumen through B.C.

Notley is still expressing optimism, of course: "I'm quite confident that should these discussions (with Kinder Morgan) end successfully, that the pipeline will be built - and that is good, because the pipeline is in the national interest".

I'm reluctant to read too much into what Horgan says from day-to-day, especially since he's known all along he didn't have the power to stop the pipeline. Neither Horgan nor Notley would comment on those options.

On Monday afternoon, her government will introduce legislation giving itself the power to restrict the flow of Alberta oil to B.C. The idea would be to, among other things, make gasoline more expensive for British Columbians, who would presumably complain to their provincial government.

"At the end of the day, we agreed that there may well be an opportunity for us to have officials address some of the gaps that we perceive to be in the Oceans Protection Plan", Horgan said in a press conference.

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