Alberta premier cheers pipeline purchase; opponents express concern, caution

Alberta premier cheers pipeline purchase; opponents express concern, caution

Alberta premier cheers pipeline purchase; opponents express concern, caution

Canadians are angry the government is shelling out $4.5 billion to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline rather than investing in clean energy after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's climate-change promises during the 2015 election and his later commitment to the Paris climate accord, she said.

"What? If it's too risky for an oil pipeline company to build an oil pipeline, why is it okay for the Canadian public to pick up all of that risk?" he asked.

The federal finance minister said the government does not plan to be the long-term owner of the pipeline and expects the project to be transferred to private sector investors "at an appropriate time".

Premier Scott Moe said he hopes Ottawa's plan works. A lack of capacity in pipelines or in rail cars to ship oil produced in Alberta is also hurting Canada's energy sector.

Denouncing the project as a grave threat to Indigenous lands and Canada's water supply, green groups and climate activists vowed to do everything in their power to thwart the pipeline expansion. The MP acknowledged the court cases launched by the First Nations remain an "outstanding issue" for the project, but added the federal government feels it has met constitutional requirements for consultation.

"If the Liberal government were so sure about federal jurisdiction, why not just provide that assurance to Kinder Morgan?" he said.

We need to get back to that formula, for the sake of Canadians.

Once the sale is complete, Morneau said, the federal government will continue construction on its own, with a view to eventually selling the whole thing, once market conditions allow for the best price.


On CHOK's The Talk Show, live from Parliament Hill Tuesday morning, Marilyn Gladu criticized the spending of $4.5-billion of taxpayers money to try to get the pipeline built.

"I have always been supportive of getting a pipeline to saltwater", she said.

"The western Canadian sedimentary basin is losing $15 billion relative to market value a year", he said.

Prof. David Tindall, an expert on climate change politics at UBC, said Horgan has gained support in B.C. for his calm and focused approach to the pipeline debate.

Canada on Tuesday agreed to buy the pipeline for C$4.5 billion ($3.5 billion) in an effort to save a project that faces formidable opposition from environmentalists and British Columbia officials anxious the pipeline could spill its tar-like heavy oil. After a five-year (or longer) regulatory assessment to ensure the protection of Canada's environment, Kinder Morgan spent $1 billion and still faced months to years of delays due to court action and social protests. In order to expand deliveries from the tar sands area, there was an attempt to build the Keystone XL pipeline, but the Obama administration killed that by denying a permit for the pipeline to cross the border. The purchase is an effort to save the controversial pipeline and appease potential investors.

"This move sets a bad precedent and signals to other prospective investors that large projects such as pipelines can not be built by private industry in Canada", said Aaron Wudrick, federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

"In this case we have all of that", said Berman, who was cleared of aiding and abetting protesters at the Clayoquot blockade and is now an adjunct professor of environmental studies at York University in Toronto.

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