Trudeau in financial talks to resolve heated pipeline dispute

Mindy Sparks
April 16, 2018

Alberta, meanwhile, is considering buying a stake in the project to allay investor fears, and is urging Ottawa to match its investment.

"My objectives are to continue to defend B.C.'s coast and the people that live in British Columbia who are concerned about the catastrophic consequences of a diluted bitumen spill", he said.

"Although there are folks on all sides of this debate who've looked to polarize and raise the temperature on this debate, the federal government has a responsibility to bring Canadians together and to do things that are in our national interest", he said.

"Today in the meeting, one of the things we discussed was the fact that 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. Despite that, it is the most concrete Trudeau has been yet about how his government intends to solve the impasse that led Kinder Morgan to suspend all non-essential spending on the expansion project pending reassurance from Ottawa the pipeline will be able to go forward.

Horgan wants Ottawa to refer the matter to the Supreme Court but the Liberals are not interested, saying it is already clear the federal government has jurisdiction over the project.

"The reputation of Canada and British Columbia as stable, predictable jurisdictions for the crucial worldwide investment that fuels so many of our industries is clearly at risk", the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade said in a statement. They won't happen in public.

On April 13, the provincial government provide an update on the permits Trans Mounta in needs from the province.A total of 1,187 permits are needed from various government ministries and agencies.
To date, the government says Trans Mountain has submitted 587 permit applications, of which 201 have been approved and issued.

Trudeau said he is also willing to discuss with Horgan additional environmental protections that could give B.C. confidence over its shorelines and marine environments, but accused Horgan of refusing to tell him for almost a year what gaps Horgan feels exist in the existing or promised protections under the Oceans Protections Plan.

The leader of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs has also vowed that the project will not proceed.

"It became very clear that the level of polarization around this debate required significant measures", Trudeau said of the change to his itinerary.

"That is exactly what we are doing", he said of the Trans Mountain salvage plan. "We have given the reasons to the Canadian people after unprecedented consultation".

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

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

Much of the prime minister's two-day visit to France before he heads to London to attend a meeting of Commonwealth leaders will also focus on trade as Canada looks to ease its reliance on the US market.

"His damaging policies ... have only led to more uncertainty and instability in Canada's resource sector", Scheer said. "We will not be bought and we will block this pipeline".

Trudeau emphasized that the project represented a "vital strategic interest" for Canada and insisted, "It will be built".

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