Federal government to finance Trans Mountain Pipeline: Canada PM Trudeau

Federal government to finance Trans Mountain Pipeline: Canada PM Trudeau

If Ottawa was really serious about supporting the Trans Mountain pipeline, it would freeze all discretionary funding to B.C., said Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney criticizing the results of a tri-party meeting Sunday.

"What is fantastic to me is that there's so much mythology that's part of the discourse - a lot of it coming from Rachel Notley, but some things are being parroted in the mainstream media analysis about what the various governments can or cannot do", said Lee, who is also co-director of the Climate Justice Project, a research partnership with the University of British Columbia's School of Community and Regional Planning. "It will be built". Horgan, however, betrayed no evidence that their confidence had anything to do with him.

The head of Canada's largest business association hopes the Trudeau government won't invest in the pipeline and will use its legislative power.

"B.C.ers and Albertans are not opponents; they are neighbours", the prime minister said.

Kenney said this inaction simply shows the total failure of the Liberal NDP strategy to defend Canada's energy industry.

As such, Trudeau said he has instructed Finance Minister Bill Morneau to sit down with Kinder Morgan to find a financial solution that will soothe their investors.

He said the negotiations with Kinder Morgan wouldn't play out in public, and he would not elaborate on exactly what the legislation will say.

He noted that 51 First Nations communities (41 in B.C. and 10 in Alberta) have signed mutual benefit agreements with Kinder Morgan regarding the project.

"The federal government is there to ensure that the national interest is upheld", Trudeau said.

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.

The federal government can and will do more on the pipeline's potential environmental impact, he added.

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Phillip praised Premier John Horgan for standing up for British Columbians while trying to protect the environment.

"If we have to, it'll be our Standing Rock", he said.

Day said the global view of Canada is that "we don't have the ability to get our own refined products exported to countries like China and India, which would benefit from our natural gas or refined oil by getting off their coal dependency".

Except Indigenous communities, he added, who as usual were not at the table.

Indeed, knowledge is limited when it comes to how diluted bitumen - known colloquially as dilbit - interacts with water, and how best to contain and clean it up.

Kinder Morgan halted work on Trans Mountain a week ago and set a May 31 deadline for a resolution, after Horgan's government said it was considering a fresh legal challenge. "It will be built", Trudeau said.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer also held a press conference to express his concerns about Trudeau's handling of the pipeline dispute.

"His damaging policies. have only led to more uncertainty and instability in Canada's resource sector", Scheer said, describing an energy sector that is now convinced that "Justin Trudeau does not want their business in Canada".

But Horgan emerged re-asserting his government's opposition to the pipeline.

McMillan said the Alberta government is taking the stance of reaffirming Canadian laws in pushing the project forward, while B.C.is looking for ways to circumvent those laws.

Horgan said that Trudeau made no threats and made it clear he had no intention of punishing B.C. residents.

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