Premier Rachel Notley: Bill 12 will give Albertans more control over resources

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Notley also responded to the comment by the Finance Minister earlier in the day when Morneau said: "the federal government is so intent on getting the pipeline built, it is even agreeable to provide indemnity to those private sector investors".

During a remarkable eight-hour stopover in the national capital, an unscheduled break from a busy overseas travel itinerary, Trudeau convened a summit in Ottawa with B.C.'s John Horgan, who has staked his government's survival on opposing the pipeline, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, whose province's economic health depends on it.

"The indemnification would allow Kinder Morgan to finish what they started, what they received federal and B.C. approval to do", he said.

In a Calgary Sun column published Wednesday, Kenney was quoted attacking Trudeau's ability to resolve a dispute that has delayed construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline, which would triple the amount of Alberta oil flowing to tankers in B.C. Trudeau doesn't have "the foggiest idea what's going on", Kenney said in the column. "It seems to me it's mostly rhetoric and hyperbole instead of substance British Columbians and Canadians can grab on to".

Kenney, in a speech to party members earlier this month, said he will challenge Trudeau on everything from carbon taxes to equalization payments to make sure Albertans are not shortchanged.

He said investors need certainty in order to back a project the government has repeatedly insisted is in the national interest, but steadfastly refused to say what sort of dollar figures are now on the table.

"He's been Mr. Civility in the house and it struck me as a pose", said Mason.

BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson said the public will end up paying for the pipeline because of the "ineptitude" of the B.C. government's actions.

"Alberta will be equipped with new tools to assert our rights to control the flow of our resources to British Columbia", she said.

Morneau did not directly answer when he was asked how other investors or companies could conceivably take over a project to expand an existing pipeline that already has an owner.

Horgan and Wilkinson were together in Chilliwack Wednesday visiting flooded communities.

Kinder Morgan Canada, a unit of Kinder Morgan, halted most spending on the expansion in April and set a May 31 deadline to decide if it would scrap the project entirely, citing legal and jurisdictional issues. Chamberlin is chief of the Kwikwasut'inuxw Haxwa'mis First Nation. "We're waiting for Canada to follow suit".

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