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Federal government to finance Trans Mountain Pipeline: Canada PM Trudeau

16 April 2018, 06:30 | Erica Roy

Canada's Trudeau defends pipeline project

Trudeau Puts Money Where His Mouth Is On Pipeline Dispute

"I have also informed premiers Notley and Horgan today that we are actively pursuing legislative options that will assert and reinforce the government of Canada's jurisdiction in this matter which we know we clearly have".

He's offering few details, however, saying the negotiations will not take place in public.

"Construction will go ahead", said Trudeau, who is under increasing pressure from the business community and opposition politicians to take action amid fears the dispute could hit already flagging foreign investment.

"We are responding to this situation. What he is ignoring is that we are the uncertainty", said Will George, an organizer with Protect the Inlet from Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, in a press release Sunday. "Victoria that is violating our Constitution, undermining the Rule of Law, attacking free trade within Canada, and undermining our country's vital economic interests and yet all of those things have been taken off the table".

Horgan emerged from the Ottawa meeting citing continued concerns over environmental risks in transporting diluted bitumen from Alberta through B.C.to Asian markets. They wrote that "if the federal government tries to ram through this pipeline, it could mean going back to one of the darkest times in modern Canadian history: the Oka standoff with the Mohawk Nation".

Trudeau said the federal government supports the pipeline because it will produce high-paying jobs and would enable Canadian oil to be exported to markets outside of the domestic and USA markets.

"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".

Horgan also would not elaborate on the "legislative and financial measures" promised by Trudeau to push the project forward.

"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".

Trudeau, who accused "some folks" of trying to divide Canadians on Trans Mountain, indicated that he wants to find a negotiated solution with B.C. and does not intend to ram the pipeline down the province's throat.

Indigenous leaders are promising to continue the fight against Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion despite the prime minister's insistence that it will be built.

"His damaging policies ... have only led to more uncertainty and instability in Canada's resource sector", Scheer said.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference about the state of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 15, 2018.

Trudeau's cabinet approved the pipeline in 2016, following an interim environmental review process that included assessing things such as the emissions that will be created from producing additional fossil fuels that will flow through it. The expansion would build a second pipeline parallel to the existing one, directly over an aquifer that is the community's source of drinking water, Spahan said.

Horgan said he reminded Trudeau that his pledge of reconciliation with Indigenous communities is not aided when there are Indigenous communities that don't support the Kinder Morgan project.

The last-minute meeting was called as Trudeau left for Peru on Thursday to attend the Summit of the Americas, which was overshadowed by Syria and where USA officials suggested a new North American free trade deal could be only weeks away.

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