Trans Mountain: Ottawa Pledges Funding, Legislation to End Pipeline Impasse

Trans Mountain: Ottawa Pledges Funding, Legislation to End Pipeline Impasse

UPDATED April 16, 2018 3:59pmET

An emergency debate is scheduled for Monday night in the House of Commons, after Speaker Geoff Regan granted a request by Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs. WATCH LIVE

The Speaker of the House can grant a debate “for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter requiring urgent consideration,” according to the Standing Orders.

MPs can speak up to 20 minutes from any seat they like in the chamber, followed by 10 minutes of questions.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged federal money and legislation if necessary to get Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built, following a 90-minute emergency meeting on Sunday with the premiers of Canada’s two westernmost provinces who remain at odds over the project.

But Trudeau provided no further details on the amount or type of any potential financial support for the project that received federal approval in 2016.

Kinder Morgan has suspended all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain expansion and set a May 31 deadline for confirmation to proceed — or else they will abandon the project to move additional Alberta bitumen to the Pacific coast for shipment to Asian markets.

Here’s what Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa following the meeting — and just before returning to the skies to resume his foreign travel in France and the United Kingdom.

The federal offer of financial aid is a “result of the crisis” of Trudeau’s “own making,” according to Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer:

Here’s what Alberta Premier Rachel Notley had to say in Ottawa about the Trans Mountain opposition in neighbouring British Columbia:

And from B.C. Premier John Horgan, an admission that “we continue to disagree” on moving diluted bitumen to the Lower Mainland:

Watch the full news conferences: Justin Trudeau / Andrew Scheer / Rachel Notley / John Horgan

A February opposition day motion from the Conservatives, defeated in the House of Commons, called for federal action as the dispute escalated to briefly include an Alberta boycott of B.C. wine:

Kinder Morgan claims to have spent $1.1 billion on the project since 2013. Here is their map of the proposed route:

Source: Kinder Morgan

-Andrew Thomson

TOP PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain facility in Edmonton, photographed in 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward