Horgan still blocking Trans Mountain after meeting with PM, Notley


"I have instructed the minister of finance to initiate formal financial discussions with (Texas energy company) Kinder Morgan.to remove the uncertainty overhanging the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion", Mr Trudeau said Sunday.

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.

One of the main questions going into the meeting with the premiers is what Trudeau can and will do to convince Horgan not to try to block the pipeline project, which will carry oil from Alberta through B.C.to markets in Asia.

Horgan also said he would ask the courts in British Columbia to make clear how much powers the province had to protect the provincial environment.

The leader of Alberta's official opposition shared his thoughts about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton Sunday.

The B.C. premier said the three-hour meeting was civil but that he did not budge on his opposition to the pipeline.

Trudeau, who accused "some folks" of trying to divide Canadians on Trans Mountain, indicated that he wants to find a negotiated solution with B.C. and does not intend to ram the pipeline down the province's throat.

"The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was approved by the National Energy Board in May of 2016 and the Federal Cabinet in November of that year...18 months and no shovels in the ground", he said, adding that due to lack of progress "we need to see a change of government at both the federal and provincial level next year".

Kenney said the projects future looks bleak, but he is still hopeful that common sense will prevail.

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The prime minister avoided any gaffes as he met a variety of leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean, pushed for more free trade, spoke out against the crisis in Venezuela and encouraged businesses to invest in Canada. He said the government would "pursue legislative options" to "assert and reinforce jurisdiction in this matter".

Day said the global view of Canada is that "we don't have the ability to get our own refined products exported to countries like China and India, which would benefit from our natural gas or refined oil by getting off their coal dependency".

"What is fantastic 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.

"In principle, I don't believe it's the role of government to run a pipeline", said Perrin Beatty, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

"The prime minister needs to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that the pipeline goes ahead".

Indeed, knowledge is limited when it comes to how diluted bitumen - known colloquially as dilbit - interacts with water, and how best to contain and clean it up. "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.

"His damaging policies ... have only led to more uncertainty and instability in Canada's resource sector", Scheer said.

Kenney repeated his calls for the prime minister to penalize B.C.by withholding federal dollars for infrastructure and jobs training.

"It became very clear that the level of polarization around this debate required significant measures", Trudeau told reporters in Lima when asked why he made a decision to call the meeting between Notley and Horgan after the government initially resisted the idea.