Government investment may not solve Trans Mountain pipeline issues

Lloyd Doyle
April 12, 2018

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau reportedly plans to pressure British Columbia's provincial government to drop its resistance to Kinder Morgan's (KMI -0.7%) Trans Mountain pipeline project while trying to avoid tougher measures that might alienate voters who helped his Liberal Party win power.

She declined to outline what those specific actions might be, saying that is something for Morneau to make public.

But with the federal government now keen to resolve the impasse and get the project back on track, Trudeau and his staff apparently decided that his presence was needed at home, at least for this weekend.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending his government's decision to approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline project in a new video posted on social media, calling the project safe.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau met Wednesday with Notley, after which he said the federal government would meet the company's May 31 deadline for action.

In the video, Trudeau is seen strolling along a B.C. beach with Ocean Networks Canada CEO Kate Moran and Rob Stewart, president of B.C. Coast Pilots, discussing the government's $1.5-billion oceans protection plan, which he says gives the government the confidence that Canada's oceans and coastlines will be protected even with a new, expanded pipeline.

Following an emergency federal cabinet meeting Tuesday in Ottawa, Morneau wouldn't speculate on whether penalizing B.C. financially - such as by withholding transfer payments - remained an option.

"We are going to get this done", Morneau said. Substantial work has not yet begun, however, thanks to protests from environmental groups and court challenges that aim to prevent construction.

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has long stood in opposition to the project on the grounds that it was approved under what he calls flawed environmental assessment rules adopted by the previous Conservative government.

"B.C. intransigents or guerilla warfare in terms of using strategically the courts to try and delay and slow things", he said.

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