Trudeau grilled on Kinder Morgan as pipeline project’s deadline looms

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stays “very, very assured” the Kinder Morgan pipeline will get constructed however refused to say whether or not the federal government had secured any extension to a deadline imposed by the agency for a transparent go-ahead by the tip of the month.

“We proceed to work very, very arduous, each visibly and behind the scenes,” Trudeau instructed reporters throughout a media availability in Calgary on Tuesday.

“When we have now one thing to announce, you guys would be the first to know.”

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Tensions between Alberta and B.C. reached new lows earlier this yr over makes an attempt to stall the undertaking, which might triple the capability of an present pipeline to hold crude oil to tankers on the West Coast.

B.C. Premier John Horgan launched measures to limit the circulation of bitumen by the province in an try to cease the undertaking from going forward.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley then banned imports of B.C. wine in retaliation and is threatening to chop off the faucet of oil flowing into the province to power Horgan to acquiesce.

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The feud compelled Trudeau to claim that the pipeline will get constructed no matter B.C.’s opposition and to argue that the federal authorities has the constitutional authority to power it by.

Amid that spat — and on the identical day as a vigil being held for the Humboldt Broncos tragedy — Kinder Morgan issued an ultimatum demanding the federal government give it the clear go-ahead by Might 31.

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That deadline is now two weeks away and regardless of an emergency assembly of Horgan, Notley and Trudeau in Ottawa final month, in addition to a number of conferences between federal and provincial officers, there isn’t a signal any announcement of a decision is close to.

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When pressed to quell fears amongst pipeline supporters, Trudeau repeated that the pipeline was within the federal jurisdiction and nothing he may say would seemingly make his critics blissful.

“Let’s be sincere about these items. I don’t assume there may be something I can say that might reassure a few of my critics which have such little religion in my authorities getting something finished for Alberta,” he mentioned.

“I don’t assume there’s any magic phrase I can say that’ll have the critics and skeptics put down their criticism … I’m not chatting with them. I’m chatting with the remainder of Albertans.”

Kinder Morgan shareholders are holding their annual common assembly in Calgary on Wednesday.

Trudeau didn’t say whether or not he had plans to satisfy with anybody from the corporate whereas within the metropolis.


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