Prime Minister, premiers meet over controversial Trans Mountain pipeline

Prime Minister, premiers meet over controversial Trans Mountain pipeline

"We will not have the discussions in public, but this project will go ahead".

Kenney said this inaction simply shows the total failure of the Liberal NDP strategy to defend Canada's energy industry. She said her government had begun "significant conversations with Kinder Morgan around the financial arrangements that will make sure that it gets done".

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.

The two premiers met the prime minister, who interrupted a 10-day trip overseas to be in Ottawa, in a bid to settle the dispute.

"Except they've taken off the table use of the Constitutional Declaratory Power to bring legal certainty, they've taken off the power a...federal government court reference to the Supreme Court of Canada to steal the march on John Horgan's legal delay tactics in British Columbia and they've taken off the table the most obvious leverage the feds have, which is the power of the purse", he said.

"Ideally, we wouldn't be in this situation right now", Trudeau said.

Kenney said the projects future looks bleak, but he is still hopeful that common sense will prevail.

Prime Minister, premiers meet over controversial Trans Mountain pipeline

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.

This opposition is the main reason Kinder Morgan put the brakes on non-essential funding for the project approximately a week ago. In January, the province considered halting any shipments of bitumen from Alberta until it could study the effects of heavy oil spills in vital waterways.

It is not clear whether Ottawa's financial and legislative backstops would ensure the pipeline gets built.

"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 told reporters, but gave no details. Ottawa could buttress that support by enacting emergency legislation that would force the project to move ahead.

Various polls over the past few months suggest, strongly, that Canadians are increasingly becoming fed up with the Trudeau Liberals and are grouping for a demand for change in 2019. Horgan said the promised court reference question to verify what jurisdiction, if any, B.C. has over the pipeline and its contents, is coming "within days".

"We are feeling a lot better about it", said Notley. But the hit to the economy if the pipeline isn't built could also have devastating effects at the ballot box. Canadian oil producers have long suffered from a lack of available pipeline capacity to get their product to market, causing the value of Canadian oil to fall compared to producers in the US and elsewhere.

Canada's government got just 24 hours notice that it would be thrust into a political and economic crisis by an ultimatum from a pipeline operator, government sources said, leaving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau scrambling for options in a dispute that could damage his re-election chances. Analysts at Scotiabank estimated in a recent report that discounts for Canadian crude would cost Canada $15.6 billion in 2018 in forgone revenues.

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