"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".
Trudeau's meeting with B.C. Premier John Horgan, who opposes the project, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who desperately needs the pipeline, produced no compromise between the two provincial leaders who have taken to issuing threats and counter-threats to each other over the last week.
"The Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion is a vital strategic interest to Canada". "It will be built". Horgan, however, betrayed no evidence that their confidence had anything to do with him.
Notley said legislation to allow Alberta to cut oil supplies to B.C., sure to send gas prices there soaring, would be introduced in the legislature this week.
However, B.C. won't drop its federal court challenge of the pipeline expansion, with Horgan telling reporters that a court challenge was the logical way to deal with jurisdictional conflicts.
The chasm between them did not go unacknowledged by the prime minister.
"They have to see that there are consequences", Kenney said, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new federal legislation is coming to reassert federal jurisdiction over the pipeline. He also promised legislation that would reaffirm Ottawa's authority to press ahead with a development deemed to be in Canada's national interest.
Trudeau noted that, to date, 43 First Nations have negotiated benefit agreements with Kinder Morgan, and more than 30 were from B.C.
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. Approval came in consultation with the previous B.C. Liberal government, which gave its consent to the project after its own conditions were met. But Horgan emerged re-asserting his government's opposition to the pipeline.
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The company, unhappy about moves by the British Columbia government to impede the C$7.4 billion ($5.9 billion) project on environmental grounds, is threatening to walk away unless it receives sufficient clarity about the path ahead by May 31.
Horgan and Trudeau did agree to "address the gaps" in the $1.5 billion federal Ocean Protection Plan.
Kenney said the projects future looks bleak, but he is still hopeful that common sense will prevail.
Horgan blamed the lack of specifics on the dispute itself. Notley, meanwhile, said she's confident the federal commitments will see the expansion go ahead.
Withholding funds is the best way to make a point, he said.
The energy sector, Scheer said, is now convinced that "Justin Trudeau does not want their business in Canada".
"His damaging policies. have only led to more uncertainty and instability in Canada's resource sector", Scheer said.
A number of B.C. groups in opposition to the project, including Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, NDP MP Kennedy Stewart and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robert are expected to hold a press conference on the matter Monday.