Premier Rachel Notley says province will consider buying Trans Mountain outright

Kinder Morgan announced late Sunday it was calling a halt to all non-essential spending on the project, giving Ottawa a deadline of May 31 to convince the company and its investors that the pipeline can prevail over the opposition that now threatens to block it.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put on a good show last week, facing anti-pipeline protesters in Vancouver who loathed his message that the Trans Mountain pipeline extension would be built, and then headed to the oilsands town of Fort McMurray to punctuate his alleged commitment to the project. "Our letter seemed to fall on deaf ears and Premier Horgan's reaction to yesterday's announcement suggests that hasn't changed", Kelly said. "Even a small financial backlash from Ottawa could imperil the province's balanced budget". It's pretty frustrating, to be honest, but I'm really looking forward to seeing what the federal and provincial governments do now. Not only that, but government revenues from the project's construction and the first 20 years of operation are projected to be $46.7 billion.

From Ottawa's perspective, it can not allow an individual province to supersede federal jurisdictional power as set down by the constitution. The Company segments include Natural Gas Pipelines, carbon dioxide (CO2), Terminals, Products Pipelines, Kinder Morgan Canada and Other.

The pipeline carries oil and petroleum products from Alberta to the coast, and supporters argue expanding it is necessary to get Canadian oil to worldwide markets.

The project has become a major irritant in the relationship between Alberta and B.C., with Alberta going as far as banning the import of wines from its neighbour for a period of time. "There is no reason that Kinder Morgan should be asked to solve disputes between governments and assume political risks that are completely outside their control", he said.

"There isn't really a court challenge there until they pull the trigger, but it's still ratcheting up the fight", said Thomas. Notley leads a pro-development Alberta version of the NDP.

Chants of "build the pipe" could be heard outside McDougall Centre Tuesday as hundreds of Calgarians rallied to demand government action on building the Trans Mountain pipeline. One of those suits, alleging Canada didn't properly consult Indigenous groups and other stakeholders, is expected to be decided as early as next week.

The federal government must not yield. The city of Burnaby is also in court trying to overrule a National Energy Board decision saying the city could not refuse to issue building permits to the pipeline in order to prevent it from proceeding.

Premier John Horgan and his supporters see this as a successful defence of B.C.'s right to protect the coastal environment from the risks of a catastrophic spill if tanker traffic increased seven-fold. The project has the support of the Federal Government and the Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan but faces continued active opposition from the government of British Columbia.

"Whenever there has been any attempt to delay unnecessarily, the government of Canada has intervened and successfully", Carr said.

Kinder Morgan's Kean said his company welcomed those assurances on Monday's call and said there would be talks between the province and the company soon.

In the meantime, the province is also doing what it can to prepare for the pipeline, if it is built. "Tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars to the economy, better public schools, and better public hospitals". "Rest assured, your victory lap is temporary". "Trans Mountain was approved by the federal government following more than two years of exhaustive review and the attachment of almost 200 environmental and legal conditions". "In contrast, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has failed to recognize the importance of the Canadian energy sector and publicly stated that he believes the Canadian oil sands need to be "phased out".

  • Leroy Wright