Trans Mountain 'will be built,' Trudeau says after meeting with Horgan, Notley

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Trans Mountain 'will be built,' Trudeau says after meeting with Horgan, Notley

The federal government will talk to Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd about possible financial aid to end a crisis over a planned pipeline project, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday.

"We continue to disagree on the question of moving diluted bitumen from Alberta to the Port of Vancouver", Horgan said following the meeting. Horgan said a court challenge testing whether B.C. has the jurisdiction to regulate what can and can't flow through the expansion will proceed before the end of the month.

Horgan said that B.C. will "abide" by the court's decision.

Kinder Morgan Canada, part of Kinder Morgan Inc, is threatening to abandon the project unless it receives sufficient clarity about the path ahead by May 31.

Trudeau also says federal legislation is coming that will "reassert and reinforce" the fact that the federal government is well within its jurisdiction to approve the project and ensure it goes ahead.

Trudeau spoke at the end of a remarkable eight-hour stopover in the national capital, an unscheduled break from his overseas trip to accommodate the last-minute summit with B.C.'s John Horgan, who has staked his government's survival on opposing the pipeline, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, whose province's economic health depends on it.

"Our objectives are to obtain certainty with respect to the ability to construct through B.C. and for the protection of our shareholders in order to build the Trans Mountain Expansion Project", the company said in a statement.

"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". "We only find ourselves here [on Sunday] because of his demonstrable hostility to Canada's energy industry his cancellation of the Northern Gateway pipeline, his killing of the Energy East pipeline by changing the regulatory rules mid-stream, his surrender to Barack Obama's Veto of Keystone XL and his two years of inaction on the Trans Mountain Pipeline". We are demonstrating not just that we are exerting and understanding the responsibilities that come with the federal government, but demonstrating as well what we have long held - and what Canadians understand: "that the environment and the economy must go together".

Trudeau declined to discuss the specifics of Ottawa's proposed financial buy-in, saying only that the feds "have engaged in financial discussions with the Kinder Morgan".

Horgan made clear that Trudeau made no threats and made it clear he had no intention of punishing B.C. residents.

"But, at a day-to-day level, it still seems like a 50-50 shot", that the Kinder Morgan expansion will go ahead, Moscrop said.

Kathryn Harrison, a UBC political scientist and senior associate dean of arts, said no one was really expecting much out of the meeting.

"Alberta has promised to release legislation this week but it's not clear what that's about", she said.

"This Prime Minister could not be less serious about this vital issue", said Leader of the United Conservative Party Jason Kenney.

"His damaging policies. have only led to more uncertainty and instability in Canada's resource sector", Scheer said, describing an energy sector that is now convinced that "Justin Trudeau does not want their business in Canada".

Kenney repeated his calls for the prime minister to penalize B.C.by withholding federal dollars for infrastructure and jobs training.

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