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Horgan still blocking Trans Mountain after meeting with PM, Notley

16 April 2018

The meeting comes just a week after Kinder Morgan announced that it was suspending all non-essential work on the $7.4 billion project, citing what it called "extraordinary political risks".

Kenney said in recent days the federal government has said everything's on the table to ensure construction, yet we aren't getting closer to getting this critical project built.

He's promising legislation that will give Ottawa total control over the project, which runs from Alberta's oilsands to port in the Vancouver area, overriding anything British Columbia might introduce to, say, protect the province's coastline or to limit the amount of bitumen than can flow through that pipeline inside its border.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leaves Ottawa en route to Lima, Peru, on April 12, 2018.

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

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Horgan said he'd received assurances from Trudeau that he would not "punish" British Columbians over their government's objections, meaning Ottawa isn't going to be withholding federal funds from an effort to get the Horgan government on side.

The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association meanwhile insisted: "Premier Horgan is effectively ripping up a contract which Kinder Morgan negotiated in good faith with the federal and provincial governments of the day", said ICBA president Chris Gardner. "We only find ourselves here [on Sunday] because of his demonstrable hostility to Canada's energy industry his cancellation of the Northern Gateway pipeline, his killing of the Energy East pipeline by changing the regulatory rules mid-stream, his surrender to Barack Obama's Veto of Keystone XL and his two years of inaction on the Trans Mountain Pipeline".

"It's not right, it's not fair, and it's not legal".

"Everyone wins in the sense it could have been much more belligerent", said David Moscrop, a political theorist who specializes in democratic deliberation and political decision-making at SFU.

"We have seen as a pattern in the world today is actors who behave in a reprehensible manner, then can be quite clever in trying to muddy the waters and in trying to dodge responsibility", she added.

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Premier John Horgan was questioned last week by Prince George - Valemount MLA Shirley Bond about the recently suspended Trans Mountain Pipeline.

"I think it is completely understandable that the president would feel that, given this crisis situation, he would need to be at home", Freeland said, adding that the Canadian delegation is looking forward to its meeting with Pence. "They do have quarterly reports to do, but it did speed things up".

With the price of a litre of gasoline hovering at or above $1.53 in the Lower Mainland, and the ongoing dispute as described above seems not to be moderating, and with the lack of leadership by Trudeau and the Liberals all of Canada but especially B.C. can and will see increases in the cost of living which will translate into higher fees for government services thus higher taxes.

"That would have been extraordinary".

And Harrison noted Notley did not follow up on her previous threats to tighten the taps on oil headed to B.C.

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Freeland refused to speculate on these apparently competing messages, even as she said all trade negotiations are subject to "moments of drama". "I think legally and constitutionally they're on shaky ground".

Horgan still blocking Trans Mountain after meeting with PM, Notley