Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Trans Mountain expansion will be built, Trudeau says

Trans Mountain expansion will be built, Trudeau says

Trudeau once again voiced his support for the project at a town hall meeting in Nanaimo, B.C., Friday, where he faced persistent heckling from a raucous crowd.

Trudeau said the decision was environmentally and economically sound and the new sanctions will not succeed in derailing the project. "This is a Canada - B.C. issue".

"We need this pipeline and we're going to move forward with it responsibly like I committed to".

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has called that an unconstitutional attempt to get around federal approval of the Kinder Morgan project, which would triple the capacity of the pipeline and increase the number of tankers in Georgia Strait from five to 34 per month.

"One of the reasons we have a national government to oversee national interests is to step up for the interests of all Canadians and that's exactly what I am going to do", he said, without elaborating on what steps he might take.

"Even though right now it may be Alberta that is standing up for the national economy and Alberta that is standing up for jobs, the fact of the matter is, is that this actually has implications across the country", Notley told CTV Question Period's Evan Solomon in an interview that airs Sunday.

In retaliation against B.C., Notley has already threatened to suspend electricity-purchasing talks with her western neighbour, a move that she claims could cost B.C. up to $500 million a year.

This could potentially jeporadize the construction of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.

Speaking in Ottawa, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr wouldn't say what Canada might do if British Columbia implements its regulation. "We will also protect the B.C. coast", he said, his voice nearly drowned out by jeering. Her government held an emergency cabinet meeting to look at ways to respond to B.C.'s proposal.

He noted that, at this point, B.C. has just pledged to consult.

If they can get inside, Christianne Wilhelmson said the groups' members hope to ask Trudeau about the pipeline and about federal plans to protect endangered southern resident orcas from the threat posed by tanker noise in Georgia Strait.

"That's what they have announced - an intention to consult".

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