Trudeau meets with Notley and Horgan – Short on details, big on promises

Trudeau says pipeline isn’t about ‘punishing’ B.C., it’s about what’s in the national interest

‘The federal government has a responsibility to bring Canadians together,’ PM before leaving Lima.

“B.C.ers and Albertans are not opponents; they are neighbours,” the prime minister said. “They are fellow countrymen and women who want the best for themselves and each other.”

Between flights, Trudeau was a mixed bag of messages to the public, and possibly to the Premiers as he offered… yet again… little ACTUAL policies in public about how to “guarantee” Kinder Morgan , and cautious Albertan’s a pipeline will be built. 

“It will be built,” Trudeau told reporters Sunday, vowing that construction on the project would be underway this summer.

Oh! Well, forgive my skepticism, drill baby drill!

Meanwhile… he made sure to show who TRULY was responsible for all this mess… and believe Mr. Trudeau… it wasn’t him!

Trudeau blames B.C. government for Trans Mountain pipeline construction uncertainty

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau puts the blame on the British Columbia government’s opposition to the pipeline which is forcing the federal government to renegotiate with Kinder Morgan.

“Ideally, we wouldn’t be in this situation right now,” Trudeau told the news conference Sunday after  meeting with B.C. Premier John Horgan, who is blocking Trans Mountain, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who wants to see it go ahead.

“Ideally, the rhetoric and actions by the B.C. government would not have led to the concerns of the company, that got approval to move forward on a project that is in the national interest,” he said.

“We are responding to this situation. We are demonstrating not just that we are exerting and understanding the responsibilities that come with the federal government, but demonstrating as well what we have long held — and what Canadians understand: that the environment and the economy must go together.”

Specific action? Justin Trudeau promising money, legislation to assure Kinder Morgan

Justin Trudeau has instructed his finance minister to enter negotiations with Kinder Morgan to “remove the uncertainty” over the pipeline.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has instructed his finance minister Bill Morneau to enter negotiations with Kinder Morgan to “remove the uncertainty” hanging over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

He’s offering few details, as usual, saying the negotiations will not take place in public.

After the meeting, Notley said her province and Ottawa had agreed on a plan to “eliminate” investor risk surrounding the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project — a commitment she said ensures the pipeline “will be built,” although she too refused to provide details.

“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 said.

“I’m quite confident that should these discussions end successfully, that the pipeline will be built — and that is good, because the pipeline is in the national interest.”

Premier Horgan continued to stand firm: “Despite all of the commonality between the three of us, we continue to disagree on the question of moving diluted bitumen from Alberta to the port of Vancouver,” he said.

“We had a discussion about options; the federal government laid out their plans over the next number of days … and we had a discussion about what role British Columbia could continue to play to protecting and defending our coast.”

 

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