Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Sask. reacts to federal government's purchase of Trans Mountain pipeline

Sask. reacts to federal government's purchase of Trans Mountain pipeline

"We will not stop until the job is done", Notley said.

In British Columbia, Premier John Horgan said his government will keep fighting the project in the courts. "Now that the federal government is the owner of the pipeline, effectively, they can just legislate it past any of these court issues".

"Whether she wins (the election) that's another story, but had this not happened, she was toast", said Bratt, a political scientist at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

"This move sets a bad precedent and signals to other prospective investors that large projects such as pipelines can not be built by private industry in Canada", said Aaron Wudrick, federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, a right-leaning group that advocates for lower taxes.

"Weaker economic growth is forecast across the country, with only British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario and Quebec expected to see growth above 2 per cent this year", said Marie-Christine Bernard, director of provincial forecast for the Conference Board of Canada in a news release Tuesday.

Several First Nations have alleged in court that Trudeau's approval of the project was not legal since the government failed in its constitutional duty to consult them.

Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May, who is an MP in BC, tweeted that Kinder Morgan was "laughing all the way to the bank" and accused the government of subsidising fossil fuels.

"While these are exceptional circumstances, we are pleased that the Trans Mountain Expansion project will proceed, beginning this construction season", spokesperson Alita Fabiano said in a statement.

Putting $11-billion of taxpayers money into a project that is counter to the Paris Climate Agreement, Jansen says, has them wondering if that's the direction Canada should be heading in. Notley said construction is to resume on the line within weeks. A sardonic Craigslist user has put the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion up for sale.

Many expressed outrage at the government's decision to buy the pipeline.

Environmental concern has been running high in Canada and the Untied States, with opposition focusing particularly on new pipeline projects.

Steel pipe to be used in the oil pipeline construction of Kinder Morgan Canada's Trans Mountain Expansion Project sit on rail cars at a stockpile site in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada May 29, 2018.

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr told reporters that pipeline projects are not straight forward.

Horgan said that Ottawa is now directly responsible for everything from wellhead to tidewater and beyond.

"We have a wonderful tradition in our county of civil disobedience up to a point where it infringes on the rights of others, and there's no reason, in my view, to think that the federal government taking an ownership position in this project and de-risking it from the standpoint of Kinder Morgan is going to impact the appetite of the protestors to have their voices heard". But Ottawa will immediately seek new buyers in the private sector and has promised to also extend insurance to them for any politically-motivated delays.

Canada approved the project in November 2016, following an expanded environmental review process that included additional consultations with Indigenous communities and assessing the amount of additional emissions likely to result from additional production.

The overwhelming majority of Canada's oil exports are sold to American refiners at a discount to worldwide benchmarks, reducing fuel prices for American consumers and income for Canadian producers.

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