Trudeau Fails to Ease Provincial Rift Over Kinder Pipeline


"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".

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her province and the federal government have agreed on a plan to eliminate investor risk surrounding the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, though she refused to provide details. "My responsibility is to defend our coasts and to defend the interests of British Columbians, and I'll do that until I'm no longer the premier", he said.

However, B.C. won't drop its federal court challenge of the pipeline expansion, with Horgan telling reporters that a court challenge was the logical way to deal with jurisdictional conflicts.

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

Kinder Morgan suspended all "non-essential" work on the project last Sunday, saying that it couldn't justify the cost of continuing construction as B.C.'s government fought the pipeline in court.

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

Trudeau and his cabinet ministers have declared that the pipeline is in the national interest and been adamant that it will be built.

Kinder Morgan Canada said it would not comment on Trudeau's remarks "until we've reached a sufficiently definitive agreement on or before May 31 that satisfies our objectives".

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The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by the Canadian division of Texas-based Kinder Morgan would dramatically increase the number of oil tankers traveling the shared waters between Canada and Washington state.

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

Horgan and Trudeau did agree to "address the gaps" in the $1.5 billion federal Ocean Protection Plan.

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

The prime minister didn't shy away from criticizing Horgan.

But Morneau and Carr have made clear that they are considering regulatory, financial and legal options to get the project back on the rails.

The company pointed to the continued actions from the Province of British Columbia as the reason it won't commit additional shareholder resources to the project.