Manitoba premier calls for Trans Mountain Pipeline to be completed

Notley Horgan

"Kinder Morgan made this announcement that they were suspending essential spending but in fact there is work continuing and people are committed to do whatever it takes to stop this pipeline", she told Global News.

PMO spokesperson Chantal Gagnon says Trudeau, B.C. Premier John Horgan and Rachel Notley of Alberta will try to work out a solution to the pipeline expansion.

Representatives of industry associations met in Vancouver on Thursday morning to announce plans for a campaign supporting the completion of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

The federal government gave the Kinder Morgan expansion the green light in 2016 and has jurisdiction for the pipeline, but Horgan has thrown up a number of roadblocks to delay construction. Donovan Cavers dared federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau to cancel equalization payments to B.C. "Public threats, in my estimation, aren't helpful". On Sunday, the company halted all unnecessary spending on the project, giving the federal government until May 31 to come up with a guarantee the project will be completed.

The video touts the federal government's $1.5 billion ocean protection plan, showing Trudeau talking with the President and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada Kate Moran, and President of the B.C. Coast Pilots Rob Stewart, alongside the ocean as they explain the various measures planned to enhance the Coast Guard's capabilities along the coast.

BC is also part of a lawsuit against Ottawa arguing there was not proper consultation with Indigenous communities or other stakeholders when the pipeline was reviewed. A decision in that case is expected any day.

The Alberta government will introduce legislation on Monday created to put pressure on B.C., including the right to cut shipments of oil and gasoline, driving up pump prices.

Laura Jones, the executive vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, accused the B.C. government of "creating mayhem and mischief with respect to a project that has already been approved".

Just ask BC Environment Minister, George Heyman.

The Liberals earlier this year rejected the option of going to the Supreme Court, fearing both the time such a step would take and the suggestion of doubt about jurisdiction when Ottawa firmly believes there is none.

He also declined to detail what has been said in recent conversations between the government and Kinder Morgan.

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