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16 April 2018, 11:08 | Opal Carroll
Feds to take financial, legislative steps to put Kinder Morgan on track
After many months of feuding over the controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline project, the Prime Minister has met with the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia to discuss the next steps.
Trudeau said while his government is committed to working with both premiers to find a solution, "we must recognize that they remain at an impasse which only the government of Canada has the capacity and the authority to resolve". "It will be built".
Trudeau said recently he would not have approved the pipeline if he wasn't convinced the environment was protected and said he has been consistent for years that he believes the environment and the economy go together and can both be managed for the benefit of all Canadians.
"I have instructed the minister of finance to initiate formal financial discussions with Kinder Morgan, the result of which will be to remove the uncertainty overhanging the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project", Trudeau told reporters.
"The environment is shared jurisdiction between the federal government, the provincial government and local governments", Stacey said.
Alberta has promised to introduce legislation of its own on Monday or Tuesday, without providing details. "It doesn't get us any further to certainty", he said, and the options of appealing to the Supreme Court or buying into the project should be the last resort.
Horgan also would not elaborate on the "legislative and financial measures" promised by Trudeau to push the project forward.
"Sure we can get tough, but it's just so senseless", he said.
"We had a discussion about options; the federal government laid out their plans over the next number of days ... and we had a discussion about what role British Columbia could continue to play to protecting and defending our coast".
The prime minister also made it clear that the B.C. government's interests do not upend what the federal government has decided is in the national interest.
The prime minister revealed few details on the planned legislation and upcoming financial discussions, but he did share that the closed door talks between Morneau and Kinder Morgan "are happening" in Calgary, Toronto, Houston and NY.
"It's not right, it's not fair, and it's not legal".
Kenney repeated his calls for the prime minister to penalize B.C.by withholding federal dollars for infrastructure and jobs training.
"Everyone wins in the sense it could have been much more belligerent", said David Moscrop, a political theorist who specializes in democratic deliberation and political decision-making at SFU.
A lack of scientific clarity on how diluted bitumen behaves in water, and a lack of political clarity over who is responsible to pay in the event of such a spill, are two of his chief concerns, Horgan added. Notley, meanwhile, said she's confident the federal commitments will see the expansion go ahead. "As soon as we have something to announce I promise you we will let you know". He said the prime minister took too long to respond to the issue, insisting Sunday's meeting should have been held long ago.
"We learned about a couple of things that aren't going to happen and one thing that is going to happen, and it's all what I expected".
"We are still waiting on judgements from the Federal Court of Appeal and from the B.C. Superior court which could have the effect of quashing or cancelling approvals that have already been granted" she said.
"That would have been extraordinary. Victoria that is violating our Constitution, undermining the Rule of Law, attacking free trade within Canada, and undermining our country's vital economic interests and yet all of those things have been taken off the table".
And Harrison noted Notley did not follow up on her previous threats to tighten the taps on oil headed to B.C. He also promised legislation that would reaffirm Ottawa's authority to press ahead with a development deemed to be in Canada's national interest. "I think legally and constitutionally they're on shaky ground".
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