Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Protesters regroup in Trans Mountain blockade effort

Protesters regroup in Trans Mountain blockade effort

"I don't believe that it is in the best interests of the country to engage in esoteric jurisdictional debates for the purposes of harassing a project to death", Notley said.

The B.C. government is watching Alberta's move to restrict shipments of fuel across its borders, and plans to fight any measure that would push up fuel prices that are already at record highs in the Lower Mainland.

Speakers stressed the federal and B.C. governments' pledge to support the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, arguing it requires consent of ever affected community.

"We've indicated to them the kinds of things we think would be helpful to prevent contamination of the coastline from a spill and a variety of hazardous products".

He said he's embarrassed Canada's prime minister and the Alberta premier are kowtowing to an American multinational oil company.

On Sunday, Trudeau interrupted a foreign trip to meet the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia, reiterating his government's determination to see the project completed.

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In this respect, Kinder Morgan fits a well-known model of Canadian resource development.

The media conference comes the day after the duelling premiers of B.C. and Alberta met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa to discuss the future of the Kinder Morgan project - a meeting during which Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley reiterated their commitment to seeing the project through, while Horgan maintained his opposition.

"Our objectives are to obtain certainty with respect to the ability to construct through B.C. and for the protection of our shareholders in order to build the Trans Mountain Expansion Project", the company said in a statement.

Although the federal government has ultimate authority over pipelines, provincial governments do have some authority over environmental matters, and B.C.'s opposition has been enough to give Kinder Morgan second thoughts.

At the press conference after the meeting, Trudeau said: "This is a series of discussions that are happening in Calgary, in Toronto, in Houston and NY".

Kinder Morgan wanted it known that its board of directors was unwilling to undertake the risks associated with spending over $7 billion on the project to bring diluted bitumen to the coast without support from the government of British Columbia and other "stakeholder" interests.

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To date, the government says Trans Mountain has submitted 587 permit applications, of which 201 have been approved and issued.

"Bailing out failing projects, strong-arming Indigenous communities by ignoring their right to consent, and bypassing calls for science-based decision making are ways to create a crisis, not solve one", he said.

It led to widespread commentary about the "bromance" between the two married liberals - as well as jokes online that they looked like they had gone to Sicily for their wedding photographs.

While climate and trade were at the top of the agenda for Trudeau's meeting with Macron, also top of mind was the West African nation of Mali, where France is leading a counter-terror mission and Canada is sending peacekeepers. "We've said all along there would be no surprises for our energy sector, and we've engaged with them throughout this process".

Trudeau has firm options he could have threatened, such as halting B.C.'s infrastructure funds.

It's also an open question on whether it saves the prime minister's.

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