Canada 'A change in government doesn’t change the facts': Trudeau firm on Trans Mountain pipeline

19:45  16 july  2017
19:45  16 july  2017 Source:   Calgary Herald

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Justin Trudeau Saturday reiterated his commitment to making sure Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline actually gets built, despite the election of an NDP-Green government in British Columbia opposed to its construction.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government 's support for the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline was based on what's in Canada's best interest, and will not change even if the position of a new provincial government does.

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Justin Trudeau Saturday reiterated his commitment to making sure Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline actually gets built, despite the election of an NDP-Green government in British Columbia opposed to its construction.

When asked how far he would be willing to go in the face of potential opposition from B.C., Trudeau said he continues to think getting the pipeline expansion project, also known as TMX, built is in the best interests of all Canadians.

“The decision we made to support Kinder Morgan pipeline, to move forward with the TMX in terms of getting our oil resources to new markets was not based on politics. It was based on facts, on evidence, on what is in the best interests of the country. A change in government doesn’t change the facts,” said Trudeau. The prime minister made the comments while attending the Calgary Stampede.

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“A lot has changed ,” said Hoberg, of the politics around Trans Mountain . Trudeau , who was in Italy, insisted Tuesday the B.C. political shake-up doesn ’ t change the facts in favour of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government 's support for the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline was based on what's in Canada's best interest, and will not change even if the position of a new provincial government does.

The NDP and Greens, who are about to take power in B.C. from the Liberals who ruled the province for 11 years, have said they will do everything necessary, including withholding provincial permits and taking court action, to stop the pipeline.

B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan becomes premier on Tuesday, at which point he’ll face even more pressure from Alberta-based oil companies, not to mention Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, to change his position on Trans Mountain. In his home province, he’ll have a resurgent environmental movement and many Indigenous groups who are passionately opposed.

For now though, the prime minister is offering no specifics on what, if anything, he’s willing to do to try and bridge the divide between B.C. and Alberta while he advocates for Trans Mountain.

“I think all Canadians understand that being captive of only the U.S. market for our oil resources is not necessarily the best thing. We’ve seen a certain level of unpredictability perhaps in the U.S. governance lately and I think we know that we need to be able to diversify. That’s why the Kinder Morgan pipeline done responsibly, done as part of a context of a pan-Canadian framework to fight climate change is the right path forward for all Canadians,” said Trudeau.

Trans Mountain still on track, Kinder Morgan says .
CALGARY - The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion remains on track to begin construction in September, Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson said Wednesday in the face of environmental and political opposition that threatens to derail the project. Anderson, speaking on Kinder Morgan Canada's first quarterly earnings call since it went public in May, said he looks forward to working with the new NDP government of British Columbia Premier John Horgan, who was sworn in a day earlier."I've worked co-operatively with several provincial and federal governments over the years on the development of this project," Anderson said.

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