Alberta premier ready to talk but wants action at Trans Mountain meeting

Alberta premier ready to talk but wants action at Trans Mountain meeting

The future of the Trans Mountain project was jeopardized this week after the operator, Kinder Morgan, said delay tactics by the B.C. government may make the $7.4-billion expansion of the existing line financially untenable. "If Alberta or the federal government invest in or buys the Kinder Morgan pipeline BC's approach won't change".

Trudeau, who departed for Peru Thursday for the Summit of the Americas in Lima, will fly back to Ottawa on Sunday to meet with British Columbia Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.

Finance Minister Morneau says the federal government is not ruling out any option - legal, regulatory or financial - because the project is vital to attracting investment to Canada.

Notley made the comments after a meeting in Toronto with federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Substantial work has not yet begun, however, thanks to protests from environmental groups and court challenges that aim to prevent construction.

Notley is set to introduce a bill next week to restrict oil shipments to B.C., which would send gas prices soaring at the pumps if passed. Insisting the pipeline will be safe, the caption on the video reads: "I wouldn't approve major pipeline projects if I wasn't confident they could be done safely".

Opponents of the pipeline fear potential oil spills along the BC coast and argue that Indigenous communities have not given their consent to the project, violating their constitutional rights.

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Laura Jones, the executive vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, accused the B.C. government of "creating mayhem and mischief with respect to a project that has already been approved".

Many called out Cavers for being disrespectful and not having British Columbians' best interest at heart, while others supported his move.

"This is a way forward that is uniting people".

The Liberals earlier this year rejected the option of going to the Supreme Court, fearing both the time such a step would take and the suggestion of doubt about jurisdiction when Ottawa firmly believes there is none.

"We will be bringing forward legislation in coming days giving our government the powers it needs to impose serious economic consequences on BC if its government continues on its present course", she said in a statement mere hours after Kinder Morgan's announcement.

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