Canada's Trudeau Defends Controversial Pipeline Project


And even if the Trudeau government is committed to providing that cash, it will have to make sure it has enough to buy the support of Kinder Morgan, British Columbia, Alberta, the natives and most importantly, the Canadian taxpayers. "They are elected to represent the interests of their constituents as best they see them", Carr said, before insisting the decision is Ottawa's to make - and Ottawa's to make alone.

The meeting, convened at the last minute Thursday as Trudeau was departing for the Summit of the Americas in Peru, marked the first time the three leaders have all been in the same room together to hash out the dispute.

Kinder Morgan, meanwhile, has given Trudeau until the end of May to find a solution that would provide their investors a measure of confidence that the project would be allowed to proceed.

"The prime minister has failed on this project".

On April 13, the provincial government provided an update on the permits Trans Mountain needs from the province.

The province will only enforce the new rules if deemed necessary and any move may be tied to the outcome of a planned May 31 decision by Kinder Morgan on whether construction will go ahead, Notley said.

Sunday marked Ottawa's starkest opposition yet to B.C. Premier John Horgan, whose government has vehemently opposed the pipeline at every turn, drawing ire from Alberta and the federal government.

Horgan's election past year changed that.

But Trudeau's message was the opposite of the sentiments shared Monday by B.C. Indigenous leaders, MPs and mayors.

"He has a minority government that's being propped up by a Green Party that is continually lobbying against him and using this as a tool to beat him up with". Trudeau made it clear Sunday that Horgan and his government are the ones wholly responsible for the impasse. "That is why we are at this point right now".

Speaking before the meeting, a federal government source said past examples of help included a bailout of the auto industry in 2009, federal loan guarantees for a hydro-electric project and Ottawa's investment in an offshore energy project.

"I'm quite confident that should these discussions end successfully, that the pipeline will be built - and that is good, because the pipeline is in the national interest". But he also accused Horgan of ramping up his rhetoric about environmental uncertainty and gaps in the federal oceans protection plan, without providing details.

It led to widespread commentary about the "bromance" between the two married liberals - as well as jokes online that they looked like they had gone to Sicily for their wedding photographs. "It's something we very much are open to doing". We need to develop our own resources and get money from existing resources to finance the sustainable infrastructure that we all want. Dilbit spilled into Michigan's Kalamazoo River from an Enbridge pipeline in 2010 cost billions to clean up, with parts of the river closed for years afterwards.

And with France having the G7 presidency in 2019, senior Canadian officials said, the hope is that the exclusive group of nations will continue working toward the goals laid out by the Paris Agreement, with the global community following their lead.

This is the practical effect of NDP and B.C. Green support for the USA -backed protest "hive" that targets pipeline projects across Canada.

The company, unhappy about moves by the British Columbia government to impede the C$7.4 billion ($5.9 billion) project on environmental grounds, is threatening to walk away unless it receives sufficient clarity about the path ahead by May 31.

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was recently asked how far the government would go to assert federal authority over the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, he had a wonderful opportunity to say: "Just watch me".