Trudeau vows financial backing, legislation to save Trans Mountain pipeline

Trudeau vows financial backing, legislation to save Trans Mountain pipeline

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has instructed his finance minister to enter negotiations with Kinder Morgan to "remove the uncertainty" hanging over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

"He has no answers, he simply does not have a plan to resolve this, we've asked for answers but there are none", explains the Liberal Bond, before noting the local significance the project has on this region.

"It will be built", Trudeau told reporters, as he predicted work on the pipeline would begin again by early summer.

"This specific meeting was very much about bringing together two premiers who have very clear differences in approaches and, particularly, impressing upon British Columbia that the federal government will be exerting its constitutional authority to move forward on projects in the national interest that cross provincial boundaries", he said.

"I believe at this point in the proceeding we had a fair and frank discussion, my obligation is to the people of BC and I'm going to defend that until I'm no longer the Premier".

Kenney said in recent days the federal government has said everything's on the table to ensure construction, yet we aren't getting closer to getting this critical project built. But Horgan emerged re-asserting his government's opposition to the pipeline.

Kinder-Morgan ceased production on the line last week due to persistent protests from environmental activists and First Nations opponents.

Horgan and Trudeau did agree to "address the gaps" in the $1.5 billion federal Ocean Protection Plan.

"The federal government, along with the government of Alberta, has commenced discussions with Kinder Morgan to establish a financial relationship that will eliminate investor risk", Notley said.


"The federal government can't buy off the opposition to this failing pipeline. the resistance continues to grow", said Mike Hudema of Greenpeace Canada.

Kinder Morgan Canada said it would not comment on Trudeau's remarks "until we've reached a sufficiently definitive agreement on or before May 31 that satisfies our objectives".

"Sure we can get tough, but it's just so senseless", he said.

Speaking before the meeting, a federal government source said past examples of help included a bailout of the auto industry in 2009, federal loan guarantees for a hydro-electric project and Ottawa's investment in an offshore energy project. Dilbit spilled into Michigan's Kalamazoo River from an Enbridge pipeline in 2010 cost billions to clean up, with parts of the river closed for years afterwards.

"I'm quite confident that should these discussions end successfully, that the pipeline will be built - and that is good, because the pipeline is in the national interest", she said.

"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".

Kenney repeated his calls for the prime minister to penalize B.C.by withholding federal dollars for infrastructure and jobs training.

Horgan's news conference was barely over before Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was at the podium, laying the blame for the impasse squarely at the prime minister's feet.

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