Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 6:30 am Post subject: Morneau updates media on sum Kinder Morgan delays will cost
Morneau summons media to update talks with Kinder Morgan over disputed pipeline
By The Canadian Press — May 16 2018
OTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau will provide an update Wednesday on the status of his talks with Kinder Morgan to expedite the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion — but he is not expected to announce a deal.
Rather, Morneau is expected to articulate the broad strokes of how Ottawa sees a deal coming together — setting forth the federal Liberal government’s principles, values and goals that could form the basis of an eventual agreement.
During a remarkable eight-hour stopover in the national capital, an unscheduled break from a busy overseas travel itinerary, Trudeau convened a summit in Ottawa with B.C.'s John Horgan, who has staked his government's survival on opposing the pipeline, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, whose province's economic health depends on it.
Trudeau instructed Morneau to sit down with Kinder Morgan to find a financial solution that would soothe their investors. He also promised legislation that would reaffirm Ottawa's authority to press ahead with a development deemed to be in Canada's national interest.
The Liberal government position is that it approved the project in 2016 after a rejigged environmental assessment and Indigenous consultation process, and in concert with the its climate change and oceans protection plan. Approval came in consultation with the previous B.C. Liberal government, which gave its consent to the project after its own conditions were met.
Horgan's election last year changed that. His minority government exists at the pleasure of the Green party, and on condition of his continued opposition to the project.
Does anyone remember Trudeau bragging about how he got done what Harper couldn't? This is a situation that calls for some statecraft, which, of course, we have little hope of seeing.
Why has this re-emerged as an issue? All the environmental things were passed. All the tribes were pieced off. The majority in BC want it. And then Horgan got elected.
And why is it a solution to pay off Kinder-Morgan with taxpayer money while they suffer another two years of posturing protesters and pandering politicians? How do the Danny Williams people feel about taking on debt for that?
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Morneau updates media on sum Kinder Morgan delays will cost