Published: Sat, April 14, 2018

Trudeau to meet with Horgan, Notley on Sunday

Trudeau to meet with Horgan, Notley on Sunday

The objective of the itinerary change is to convene a Sunday meeting with B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley "to discuss next steps for moving the Trans Mountain Expansion project forward", the prime minister's office said in a statement.

Her comments come on the heels of Kinder Morgan Inc.'s announcement it had stopped non-essential spending on the project.

The federal Liberals are pitted against the Pacific province of British Columbia, which opposes plans by Kinder Morgan Canada to nearly triple the capacity of its Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to the west coast.

"But we are where we are, and I'm happy to hear what the Prime Minister and perhaps Rachel Notley have to say".

"We know that talk doesn't solve all problems".

"It is also why we are sending a clear signal to the global investment community that big things can get done in Canada". "They're going to try and make a decision for us".

Trudeau will change travel plans Sunday, stopping in Ottawa between visits to Peru, and France.

Jagmeet Singh, meanwhile, waded into the impasse in Ottawa by proposing that the Trudeau Liberals work with the BC government on a joint reference question to the Supreme Court of Canada, fast-tracking a resolution to what the federal NDP leader calls jurisdictional issues arising from BC's objections to the project.

"We believe that B.C. should have jurisdiction over our province", Conroy said. That court action will take months and could be appealed.

Initially expected to be operational at the turn of the decade with an expanded capacity of almost triple its original size, various legal and regulatory challenges have forced Kinder Morgan Canada to delay its startup timeline beyond September 2020 at a cost of several hundred million dollars.

Kinder Morgan has given a May 31 deadline for the government to convince the company that construction will be completed without further disruptions.

"I'm not prepared to do that".

"My expectation is we'll see some vague news release about working together and continuing to communicate", he said. "I don't feel there is any need for sabre-rattling, or provocation or threats".

Buying a pipeline with money we don't have isn't going to get Alberta social license from her enemies any more than Notley's carbon tax did.

Morneau said Ottawa is looking at several "financial options" to ensure the Alberta-BC pipeline expansion gets built, including taking a monetary stake in the project.

The federal Liberal government granted approval of the project in 2016.

At the time, the province pointed to the Trans Mountain expansion, but officials said the province needs two out of three pipelines - be they Trans Mountain, Keystone XL, Enbridge Line 3 or any combination thereof.

Phillip is against the pipeline's expansion because of environmental concerns while Buffalo supports it for the potential economic benefits it could bring to First Nations communities.

"It's not clear to me anyway where the market is for Kinder Morgan given that the diluted bitumen, which they hope to ship was going to largely go to California, which could be served by served by an extension off the Keystone XL", Weaver said.

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