Canada was told in advance that the U.S., Britain and France were planning to launch airstrikes against Syria, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday - but was not asked to participate. Rachel Notley, the premier of Alberta, had one objective, which is to get the pipeline built without delay.
The company gave the Trudeau government until the end of May to reassure its investors the pipeline would be built, despite mounting opposition.
Following a meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Trudeau is insisting that the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline is within federal jurisdiction and that Horgan's government has no jurisdiction to block it.
"Despite all of the commonality between the three of us, we continue to disagree on the question of moving diluted bitumen from Alberta to the port of Vancouver", Horgan said.
"I believe at this point in the proceeding we had a fair and frank discussion, my obligation is to the people of BC and I'm going to defend that until I'm no longer the Premier".
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.
Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr also took part in today's meeting.
Kinder Morgan Canada, part of Kinder Morgan Inc, is threatening to abandon the project unless it receives sufficient clarity about the path ahead on May 31.
Stacey said if the federal government tries to reaffirm its jurisdiction through new legislation, the move may end up being challenged in court, adding that there are still a number of lawsuits opposing the pipeline expansion already before the courts.
Horgan's news conference was barely over before Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was at the podium, laying the blame for the impasse squarely at the prime minister's feet.
- Legislative options - "We are actively pursuing legislative options that will assert, plus reinforce, the government of Canada's jurisdiction in this matter, which we know we clearly have", Mr Trudeau said.
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. But he said, "Canadians and people around the world know that we can not choose between what is good for the environment and good for the economy".
Notley has said Alberta could buy an equity stake in the pipeline, or even buy the whole thing if necessary.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will look for some common ground on North American free trade talks when he meet with Mexico's president Friday on the sidelines of a major worldwide summit in Peru's capital.