Trudeau to meet with Horgan, Notley on Sunday

14 April, 2018, 10:24 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Pipeline promise can't be repeated

 	  Les Leyne  	Prince George Citizen

Over the weekend, as news broke that Kinder Morgan suspended their non essential spending on the embattled pipeline from Edmonton to the BC coast, Alberta premier Notley floated the idea of partnering with the company to get past BC's opposition to it.

The unexpected development is a sign of the pressure building on Trudeau to solve a problem that could turn into a constitutional crisis.

She said the federal government should use "every tool in its toolbox" to make sure the project goes through.

It's unclear when the case could be heard, and Kinder Morgan has set a deadline of May 31 to receive assurances that the pipeline will be able to move forward.

It will be a Sunday summit as PM Justin Trudeau is slated to sit down with premiers John Horgan and Rachel Notley to talk Trans Mountain. Trudeau will aim to advance Canada's position on North American free trade talks when he meets with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence here over the next two days.

The sit-down with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is their first face-to-face since November, and comes at a critical time as Canada, Mexico and the US look for a NAFTA breakthrough. Energy industry analysts said that unless the dispute is settled, Canada would become a much less attractive place for foreign investment.

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The finance minister, who was expected to sit down with Notley late Wednesday, said he meant to reinforce the Trudeau government's "resolute determination" to keep the project on track. "This is impacting market confidence and investor confidence".

That decision incensed Notley, who has since threatened her neighbouring province with economically punishing legislation.

A source close to the matter said on Wednesday that Trudeau would put pressure on British Columbia to drop its resistance but would try to avoid tougher measures that might alienate voters who helped his Liberals win power.

"I don't feel there's any need for saber rattling, for provocation or for threats", Horgan said. "I think we're seeing an exit strategy by Kinder Morgan and I see the government of Alberta, and the government of Canada negotiating in public and I think Mr. Horgan is doing a brilliant job standing up for the rights of British Columbians".

Shares of Kinder Morgan Canada held their gains following news of the Sunday meeting and closed up 5.5 percent at C$17.50.

Speaking in Toronto, Morneau said Ottawa is considering several options that can guarantee that an expanded pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia will be built, including the opportunity to take a financial stake in the project.

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