Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Canada talking to pipeline company about aid to solve crisis

Canada talking to pipeline company about aid to solve crisis

"This is something that we continue to be committed to - working with Indigenous peoples on building a better, more sustainable future for all Canadians is at the heart of what this government does".

Horgan also said he would ask the courts in British Columbia to make clear how much powers the province had to protect the provincial environment.

Horgan said that B.C. will "abide" by the court's decision. Alberta is the United States' largest supplier of foreign oil.

Kinder-Morgan ceased production on the line last week due to persistent protests from environmental activists and First Nations opponents.

Following the meeting, Notley said financial arrangements are being discussed with Kinder and that she's confident the May 31 deadline will be met.

At a press conference following the meeting, Notley said that the "constitutional crisis" she says creating costs almost $40 million a day.

"The Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion is a vital strategic interest to Canada".

Notley called B.C.'s actions a "considered attempt to create uncertainty" and said Alberta won't engage in "esoteric debates" meant to "to harass a project to death". Trudeau said Sunday that he has already told the company that federal funding will be available to ensure the pipeline is finished.

"He didn't go into the details with me".

"At the end of the day we agreed that there may well be an opportunity for us to have officials address some of the gaps that we perceive to be in the Oceans Protection Plan", Horgan said in a press conference.

The Liberals seem convinced only a small number of their 18 B.C. seats are at risk over approving a pipeline, but on Saturday, Quebec's minister for Canadian relations warned Trudeau it would be a mistake for Ottawa to ram through the project with no regard for provincial rules.

Speaking after his meeting with the duelling premiers, Trudeau insisted that the Trans Mountain pipeline would go through.

"It was a useful meeting for all three of us, candid discussions but also a genuine sense of optimism and confidence in Canada", Horgan says, maintaining his objections to the major pipeline project. Rachel Notley, the premier of Alberta, had one objective, which is to get the pipeline built without delay.

The prime minister didn't shy away from criticizing Horgan. Notley has suggested her province buy a stake to get the project moving, while threatening to cut crude supplies to British Columbia in retaliation.

- Legislative options - "We are actively pursuing legislative options that will assert, plus reinforce, the government of Canada's jurisdiction in this matter, which we know we clearly have", Mr Trudeau said.

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