Canada's oil pipeline purchase sparks protest in Seattle

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau speaks to the media in Calgary Alta. Wednesday

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau speaks to the media in Calgary Alta. Wednesday

Premier Dwight Ball is happy to see the federal government step in and buy the Kinder Morgan pipeline, but tossed cold water on any notion of the federal government taking Muskrat Falls off the provincial government's hands.

Canada's Chamber of Commerce, which represents Canadian businesses, said they support moving forward with the pipeline expansion project.

"All of these things provided a very good beginning point and very good signals as to where Canada was going", Kinley told On The Coast guest host Matthew Lazin-Ryder on Tuesday, the day his government announced its intentions to buy and potentially spend billions to expand Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline.

"My experience is that people are motivated by betrayal, they're motivated by a lack of fairness, they're motivated by a sense of shared common goal and outrage".

"Watch, he's about to say the environment and the economy must go together", he said.

On Tuesday, the Federal Liberals dipped deep into their pockets to purchase the controversial project for a price tag of $4.5-billion.

"I do believe the federal government now is totally accountable, not just for regulation and approval of a pipeline, but they now are responsible from wellhead to tidewater and beyond", he said.

Horgan's court reference - to see if B.C. has the constitutional authority to pass a regulation to limit flows of diluted bitumen in the new pipeline pending additional scientific research on how to clean it up a potential spill - spooked Kinder Morgan investors. The federal government has repeatedly said the project is in the national interest. It was a remote location that took most people five to seven hours to get through.

"The Trans Mountain Expansion faces even steeper obstacles and will soon become the third, and Trudeau just put the public on the hook for the costs", Hudema said.

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Kinder Morgan had issued a May 31 ultimatum for clarification on the status of the project, which is now mired in legal challenges raised by B.C. Premier John Horgan and also facing Lower Mainland opposition with protests in Burnaby and Vancouver.

In a news release on April 8, Kinder Morgan CEO Steve Kean said, "If we can not reach agreement by May 31, it is hard to conceive of any scenario in which we would proceed with the project". After getting cold feet, Kinder Morgan had halted construction in April.

He added the purchasing consortium should also include an established pipeline company such as TransCanada Corp. or Enbridge Inc.to look after operations.

"It is truly extraordinary the actions that get taken once private industry has lost confidence in the government", Knaak said.

By buying the pipeline outright, the Trudeau government has gone all in on this project.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he has not instructed any other MPs in his caucus about how to participate in protests and said he understands the frustration and anger of people who felt the Trudeau government promised to protect the environment, not build more pipelines.

The federal Liberals say the project will be successful because of Canada's world-leading Oceans Protection Plan, ongoing consultations with Indigenous communities and strengthened environmental standards.

"I'm hoping the federal government has had a change of heart (with regards to the need for oil pipelines in Canada)", he said.

"We're going to physically, directly intervene and stop the destruction, starting on Friday".

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