OTTAWA | The oil pipeline of Trans Mountain “will be built,” declared the prime minister Justin Trudeau following a tripartite meeting between British Columbia, Alberta and the federal government during which each camp camped on their respective positions vis-à-vis the project of Kinder Morgan.
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Passage to Ottawa specially for the holding of this meeting, the prime minister was revealed to have asked the Finance minister to get in touch with Kinder Morgan to discuss a potential public investment in the project.
“The construction will continue. I told the officer of Kinder Morgan, today, that we are looking at all the legislative measures available to us. […] We are going to prove to investors that we are a country of law,” said Mr. Trudeau.
Earlier, the first minister of Alberta, Rachel Notley, had explained that these potential public investments are intended to “eliminate the financial risks for investors”, a reason cited by Kinder Morgan to put its project on ice.
Neither she nor Mr. Trudeau does, however, have wanted to disclose details on the potential investment, saying that he does not wish to negotiate on the public square.
“We would not be in this situation if the government of British Columbia did not put the emphasis on his opposition to the project,” said Mr. Trudeau.
Protect the coastline
For his part, the prime minister of British Columbia, John Horgan, has assured to always have the intention to defend the interests of British Columbians in opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan. According to him, the pipeline would jeopardize the fishing industries and tourism in his province, because of the risk of spills from oil tankers.
“The people of British Columbia do not want to block the resources of Alberta. They want protection of their coastline”, was advanced by the prime minister Trudeau, in blaming British Columbia not to have made concrete suggestions for improving the protection of its coasts.
Mr. Horgan stated that prime minister Trudeau “did not intend to punish the Colombia-British in any way whatsoever.”
The politician has also reiterated that, according to him, the province has the jurisdiction necessary to oppose the project, even if the prime minister Trudeau ensures that it is a federal issue that is going in the direction of the “national interest”.
For his part, the leader of the official Opposition, the conservative Andrew Scheer, ruled that the failure of the project is due to Justin Trudeau. Mr. Scheer has claimed that the federal government unveils what actions it intends to take to advance the issue.
“There has been nothing for a month. It is maddening”, dropped Mr. Scheer, accusing the prime minister not to have convened the tripartite meeting more quickly.
The project Trans Mountain aims to deliver nearly 900,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta to Burnaby, suburb of Vancouver, in view of the export.