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Trudeau to meet with BC, Alberta premiers Sunday on Trans Mountain

13 April, 2018, 07:23 | Author: Shawna Walton
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The objective of the itinerary change is to convene a Sunday meeting with B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley "to discuss next steps for moving the Trans Mountain Expansion project forward", the prime minister's office said in a statement.

Trudeau and his entourage were just departing Ottawa Thursday bound for the Summit of Americas meeting in Lima, Peru when his office announced that travel plans were being changed so he could return to the nation's capital.

Kinder Morgan Canada (OTCPK:KMLGF) said earlier this week it will scrap the C$7.4B expansion project from Alberta to the west coast unless all legal and jurisdictional challenges are resolved by May 31, but a government source tells Reuters that "there aren't an very bad lot of options for the prime minister".

Mr. Morneau met with the Alberta Premier after Liberal ministers emerged from a federal cabinet meeting on Tuesday to proclaim the government will ensure the completion of the Trans Mountain project, which would triple capacity of the pipeline and allow for greater crude exports to the Asia-Pacific market. He said the "dispute over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline should be settled in court".

The impasse has become one of the most hard political predicaments to date for the Trudeau government, which is being squeezed between those who accuse it of not doing enough to get the expansion built, and critics who don't want to see it built at all. Trudeau defends pipeline in new videoCTV News Canada reports that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending his stance on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion through a new video he has posted on social media. Had the government not approved the pipeline, it would never have been able to convince industry stakeholders or the Alberta government to support its climate and oceans protection plans, he has said. "I think people have to talk rationally about the economic opportunity and the measures that have been taken at the coast to address climate change", she said. The prime minister is set to pile on the pressure in getting British Columbia Premier John Horgan to drop the provincial government's resistance to the pipeline extension that will move oil from Alberta to the west coast of Canada.

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