Canada talking to pipeline company about aid to solve crisis

Canada talking to pipeline company about aid to solve crisis

OTTAWA-A high-profile meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers of Alberta and B.C. over the future of the contested Trans Mountain pipeline is underway on Parliament Hill. Trudeau approved the project in late 2016, saying it was in Canada's best interest.

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"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.

The project - which would triple the pipeline's capacity to carry Alberta's oil sands to port in Vancouver - is fiercely opposed by British Columbia's government, ecologists and indigenous groups who warn of a possible environmental disaster in the event of a leak.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who also attended the talks in Ottawa, said she was convinced the expansion would be built if the financial assistance deal could be worked out.

"I don't think it's any surprise to anyone that I don't think we would be in this situation if the British Columbia government hadn't continued to emphasize its opposition to the project", Trudeau said.

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The legislation is expected to reassert, in addition to the Constitution, Ottawa's authority over pipelines. With the Alberta oil stranded in that province due to the political obstructionist approach to prosperity being displayed by B.C. Premier John Horgan, and the continual nonsensical disturbances being seen nearly daily by the deniers of progress, the future not only of Canada but of in jeopardy.

"The federal government can't buy off the opposition to this failing pipeline. the resistance continues to grow", said Mike Hudema of Greenpeace Canada.

On Sunday, Horgan did meet in the nation's capital to discuss the pipeline with Notley and Trudeau. She said her government had begun "significant conversations with Kinder Morgan around the financial arrangements that will make sure that it gets done".

"Two weeks ago signing a $4.3 billion infrastructure agreement with the Horgan NDP and now negotiating the $1.3 billion jobs training transfer to the same government in... 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". The company set a firm deadline of May 31 to have that request fulfilled.

Notley seemed quite happy with the outcome of the meeting and said she is confident the nature of the financial discussions taking place with Kinder Morgan will be enough to overcome investor concerns. The cabinet decided the project, which will build a new pipeline that runs parallel to an existing one but can carry twice as much, was in the national interest.

The sit-down, the first face-to-face between the two leaders since November, comes at a critical time, with Canada, Mexico and the US all looking for a breakthrough in the ongoing effort to update the North American Free Trade Agreement - and Trump's wild-card trade strategies doing little to clear the air.

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