Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Alberta's oil producers encouraged by promises of action on Trans Mountain project

Alberta's oil producers encouraged by promises of action on Trans Mountain project

"The construction will go ahead", Trudeau said Sunday, without divulging many details, including how much the federal government could float to keep the Alberta-to-British Columbia pipeline project alive. He interrupted a trip to Peru, France and Britain on Sunday to return to Ottawa to mediate the spat.

"What is unbelievable to me is that there's so much mythology that's part of the discourse - a lot of it coming from Rachel Notley, but some things are being parroted in the mainstream media analysis about what the various governments can or cannot do", said Lee, who is also co-director of the Climate Justice Project, a research partnership with the University of British Columbia's School of Community and Regional Planning.

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.

"We are responding to this situation". The company set a firm deadline of May 31 to have that request fulfilled.

However, he said he will back down if the court rules against his government, the Globe and Mail reported.

Much of the prime minister's two-day visit will also focus on trade as Canada looks to ease its dependence on the US market. As he has throughout, he asserted the federal government's constitutional authority. "And the Government of Canada has determined that this project is good for Canada and in the national interest".

"I am appalled that our federal government is prepared to take public financial resources to push through an ill-conceived pipeline", May said.

Notley has repeatedly expressed exasperation over delays, saying the pipeline has already been through a rigorous regulatory process to be approved.

Sunday's meeting proved incapable of finding a solid solution, though Trudeau stated in a press conference following the meeting that the federal government is now engaged in conversation with Kinder Morgan about the financial security of the project.

"If we reach the end of this and there is no alternative, then I think what they're going to see is massive civil disobedience".

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Opposition members of Parliament said Ottawa's supports are too little, too late.

"What I'm saying is we've been engaged with the federal government, there's been ongoing discussion and we've raised a number of issues", Heyman said.

The opposition has claimed that new policies introduced by the Trudeau Liberals, including a carbon tax and hefty new legislation aimed at altering environmental assessments for major projects, has already caused foreign capital to flee Canada. Horgan said a court challenge testing whether B.C. has the jurisdiction to regulate what can and can't flow through the expansion will proceed before the end of the month.

The national interest, allied with political self-interest, is making for very odd bedfellows.

New legislation aims to give Alberta more control over its oil shipments, a move that could drive up prices at B.C. gas pumps.

A failure to build pipelines over the last decade has had material economic impacts on the broader economy, analysts suggest.

"The Liberals have got to champion Canadian energy, Canadian innovation and Canadian jobs".

The premier had stated in the past week that Alberta would be willing to become a financial investor in the pipeline if need be. "We can have the environment protected and respected and we can have the economic benefits that will allow Canada to be in future what it has been in the past", Muir said.

Trudeau said discounts for crude are amplified by the "unpredictability" of trade relations with the US under President Donald Trump, which has caused widespread investor uncertainty by opening up the North American Free Trade Agreement to renegotiations and threatening import tariffs on various foreign products.

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