Trudeau Puts Money Where His Mouth Is On Pipeline Dispute

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto gathered on the sidelines of a major worldwide summit in Peru's capital, along with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo.

OTTAWA-A high-profile meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers of Alberta and B.C. over the future of the contested Trans Mountain pipeline is underway on Parliament Hill.

On that front, Canada's own record on infrastructure and "national-interest projects" has room for improvement, Kiefer said, including Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, which is the subject of a fierce Alberta-B.C. battle.

"The federal government, along with the government of Alberta, has commenced discussions with Kinder Morgan to establish a financial relationship that will eliminate investor risk", Notley told reporters, but gave no details.

I am quite confident that should these discussions end successfully, that the pipeline will be built.

"I have also informed premiers Notley and Horgan today that we are actively pursuing legislative options that will assert and reinforce the government of Canada's jurisdiction in this matter, which we know we clearly have", he said, stopping short of saying his government would take a financial stake in the pipeline.

Horgan, Notley and Trudeau met on Parliament Hill in hopes of finding a solution to the impasse between the two provinces, which is threatening to kill the expansion project. But the three were still unable to agree on the method of moving diluted bitumen from Alberta to the port of Vancouver. "My responsibility is to defend our coasts and to defend the interests of British Columbians, and I'll do that until I'm no longer the premier", he said.

Trudeau noted that, to date, 43 First Nations have negotiated benefit agreements with Kinder Morgan, and more than 30 were from B.C.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau was in on the discussions along with Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr.

Kinder Morgan announced last week it has suspended non-essential activities and related spending on the project, and set a deadline of May 31 for the provincial and federal governments to resolve the myriad legal and political issues barring it from proceeding. He said he would continue to push for "gaps" in the federal government's oceans protections plan, and will continue to do so in court for a ruling about which level of government has jurisdictional authority in the case.

Horgan's news conference was barely over before Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was at the podium, laying the blame for the impasse squarely at the prime minister's feet.

Trudeau delivered a 10-minute address to business leaders from across the Americas encouraging them to invest in Canada, noting that the country has free trade agreements with dozens of countries around the world.

Trudeau's cabinet approved the pipeline in 2016, following an interim environmental review process that included assessing things such as the emissions that will be created from producing additional fossil fuels that will flow through it.

Trudeau said the federal government supports the pipeline because it will produce high-paying jobs and would enable Canadian oil to be exported to markets outside of the domestic and US markets.

"The federal government can't buy off the opposition to this failing pipeline. the resistance continues to grow", said Mike Hudema of Greenpeace Canada.

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