Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Trudeau said ready to press BC to accept Trans Mountain pipeline

Trudeau said ready to press BC to accept Trans Mountain pipeline

The federal government won't negotiate an end to the Trans Mountain pipeline crisis in public, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Wednesday as he prepared to sit down with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in hopes of getting the Kinder Morgan project back on track.

The Prime Minister was scheduled to be on a 10-day foreign trip to Peru, France and Britain, but will now return to Canada after the Summit of the Americas in Peru to meet with the premiers "to discuss next steps for moving the Trans Mountain expansion project forward", his office said in a release Thursday.

Kinder Morgan, proponents of the project, announced on Sunday that they were halting all non-essential work and set a May 31 deadline to get clarity on whether it can proceed with the project without facing further hurdles.

"Let's be clear, it went through a federal environmental assessment, we approved it and the previous B.C. government approved it".

The impasse has become one of the most hard political predicaments to date for the Trudeau government, which is being squeezed between those who accuse it of not doing enough to get the expansion built, and critics who don't want to see it built at all.

Pallister now joins his counterparts in Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as the federal government, in declaring support for the suspended Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.

The project, which would expand a pipeline carrying oil from Alberta to tanker ships on the B.C. coast, has faced stiff opposition from environmental groups and local residents who fear the impact a spill could have on the area. "It fits within our climate plan about oceans".

With a shift to clean technology, the report says, Canada's economy would grow by up to 38.5 per cent between now and 2030, even with the actions necessary to meet emissions targets under the Paris climate change agreement. "I think people have to talk rationally about the economic opportunity and the measures that have been taken at the coast to address climate change", she said.

Pallister said he spoke out because he believes the pipeline expansion is in the national interest and one province shouldn't be allowed to stand in the way.

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