Trudeau to sit down with BC, Alberta premiers over Trans Mountain impasse

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Notley's solution to "saving" embattled pipeline? Transfer financial risk from Kinder Morgan to Albertans

Following the increased tension between Alberta and British Columbia caused by Kinder Morgan suspending spending on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project, Alberta Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman made it clear that her government would be introducing retaliatory measures.

The federal government has long maintained it holds full jurisdiction over natural resource projects that cross provincial boundaries - a stance Morneau reiterated this week - but the B.C. government disagrees, saying the potential environmental consequences give it authority that trumps Ottawa. Donovan Cavers dared federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau to cancel equalization payments to B.C.

Finance Minister Morneau says the federal government is not ruling out any option - legal, regulatory or financial - because the project is vital to attracting investment to Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making a detour in his multi-country trip to deal with the troubled Kinder Morgan pipeline. "Public threats, in my estimation, aren't helpful".

Over the weekend, as news broke that Kinder Morgan suspended their non essential spending on the embattled pipeline from Edmonton to the BC coast, Alberta premier Notley floated the idea of partnering with the company to get past BC's opposition to it. Substantial work has not yet begun, however, thanks to protests from environmental groups and court challenges that aim to prevent construction.

Following an emergency federal cabinet meeting this week, Morneau wouldn't speculate on whether financially penalizing B.C. remained an option as the feds work towards salvaging the pipeline project.

Ahead of announcing this, Trudeau defended his government's decision to approve the pipeline project in a new video posted on social media, calling the project safe.

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".

"We don't want to move forward with that, of course we want our pipeline to go forward, of course we want affordable gas prices for the people of British Columbia, but we certainly have the ability to slow down the taps, we will, after we consider the bill on the order paper, and if it comes to it we will do that".

Just ask BC Environment Minister, George Heyman.

Kinder Morgan has given the government until May 31 to get the project back on track.

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