Kinder Morgan Canada (OTCPK:KMLGF) said earlier this week it will scrap the C$7.4B expansion project from Alberta to the west coast unless all legal and jurisdictional challenges are resolved by May 31, but a government source tells Reuters that "there aren't an terrible lot of options for the prime minister".
Horgan, Trudeau and Notley are set to meet Sunday when the Prime Minister returns from his Summit of the Americas trip to Peru in an effort to find a resolution to the project expansion.
The province's environment minister says the government's focus is defending the B.C. coast in the feud over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
"I will defend to the end the rights of B.C.to stand up and defend our coast", Horgan said during an outdoor news conference near a legislature flower garden.
"I'm happy to hear what the prime minister and perhaps Rachel Notley has to say", Horgan said.
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Parliament couldn't function for the entire 22 days of the second part of the Budget session due to the commotion in both Houses. According to media reports, Home Minister Rajnath Singh would fast in Lucknow and Roads Minister Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur.
Notley has also threatened to throttle oil flows to B.C., a move that could hike gas prices on the West Coast even higher than they already are. "I don't feel there's any need for sabre-rattling or provocation, nor for threats". Earlier in the week, the Alberta Premier said her province was looking into an outright purchase of the pipeline, which would transport oil-sands bitumen through Vancouver, to ensure it gets built - despite a looming court challenge from British Columbia.
Ahead of announcing this, Trudeau defended his government's decision to approve the pipeline project in a new video posted on social media, calling the project safe. The federal cabinet held an emergency meeting this week and has since voiced its support for the project.
Horgan said his government is strictly "following the rule of law" in its opposition to Kinder Morgan's pipeline, and has been issuing permits to the company as requested.
Green Party leader Andrew Weaver says Alberta and the Trudeau Liberals are supporting a race to the bottom by backing the Kinder Morgan project when they should at least be talking about building more oil refineries instead of pipelines.
"If they have disposable billions, I would suggest a better course of action would be to invest in refining capacity so that we Canadians can benefit from the jobs and we Canadians can benefit from this natural resource rather than sending it in raw form to another jurisdiction", Horgan told reporters Thursday.