Approval came in consultation with the previous B.C. Liberal government, which gave its consent to the project after its own conditions were met. "We do know that in order to make sure that we have that path, we need to deal with the extraordinary risks that have been presented by Premier Horgan". The neighbouring west coast province of British Columbia, along with environmentalists and several aboriginal groups have been mounting a strong resistance. Canada has the world's third largest oil reserves but 99 percent of its exports now go to refiners in the USA, where limits on pipeline and refinery capacity mean Canadian oil sells at a discount.
"I don't think there is anything I can say that would reassure some of my critics that have such little faith in my government getting anything done for Alberta", he said, before stating: "I can tell you my government is doing, and will continue to do, everything necessary to defend federal jurisdiction. and get this pipeline built".
In April the company announced it was suspending all non-essential activity and spending on the pipeline, in part due to "the continued actions in opposition to the project by the Province of British Columbia".
He urged Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley to first run the bill past the courts to confirm its legality. "It's really a message to Alberta that it should be referred to the courts as we referred our bill to the courts".
The pipeline expansion would run 715 miles from Edmonton, Alberta, to Barnaby, B.C., near Vancouver. The Liberals still don't have a concrete plan of action to remove delays.
"He's been Mr. Civility in the house and it struck me as a pose", said Mason.
Morneau said the federal government has a "clear role" to play in the pipeline dispute.
Horgan said he is trying to protect the province's interests by joining two legal cases over the project and asking the B.C. Court of Appeal whether the province has the right to preserve its environment through a permitting system for hazardous substances that are transported inside its borders.
Trudeau approved the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline but B.C. Premier John Horgan's government says it is concerned about the potential for oil spills on its waterways and coastline.
Horgan and Wilkinson were together in Chilliwack Wednesday visiting flooded communities. I then ask him: Why do Canadian investors have so much money invested in Kinder Morgan?
Notley's government passed legislation this week that would allow it to intervene in the energy sector to reduce oil and natural gas exports to B.C. and elsewhere. "We're waiting for Canada to follow suit".