Trudeau to sit down with BC, Alberta premiers over Trans Mountain impasse

Daniel Fowler
April 13, 2018

A spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office confirmed the meeting to reporters aboard the prime minister's plane bound for the Summit of the Americas in Peru shortly before issuing a press release, reports the Global News.

But in the three days since, Notley is making an even more outrageous offer: Alberta could buy the Trans Mountain pipeline project outright and take the federal government as their investment partner!

Trudeau is scheduled to resume his interrupted trip on Monday when he travels to France and then on to London for a meeting of Commonwealth leaders.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister called out the government of British Columbia on Thursday over its opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, following last weekend's announcement the company building it is suspending construction on the project.

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The province is asking the courts to decide jurisdiction over the pipeline that will triple the flow of oil from Kinder Morgan sites in Edmonton and Burnaby and Heyman said the federal government has rejected invitations to join the process. At stake is Kinder Morgan's C$7.4 billion (US$5.9 billion) project that they say will be scrapped unless something gets done to stop the opposition.

Kinder Morgan has given a May 31 deadline for assurance the project can go ahead. The B.C. government has ordered a review of the previous Liberal provincial government's decision to approve the project. "Our approach is to engage with provinces to understand those risks, engage with the project proponent to understand what the financial hurdles are from their standpoint and get to an answer that ensures the project moves forward in a very short timeline, meaning we can get on with something we know is going to be very positive for our economy", the Finance Minister said.

The Alberta government will introduce legislation on Monday created to put pressure on B.C., including the right to cut shipments of oil and gasoline, driving up pump prices.

Reportedly off the table are suggestions for Trudeau to declare a national emergency to push through the pipeline and to cut payments the federal government sends to help fund social programs.

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