Trudeau Puts Money Where His Mouth Is On Pipeline Dispute

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"We are responding to this situation".

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".

Trudeau, whose political ambitions have a lot riding on the project, spent more than 30 minutes at the podium following Sunday's meeting, much of it spent in an effort to depict Canada as a unified country with complex needs and interests, all in an effort to ease the persistent tensions in Western Canada and elsewhere over the dispute.

Kenney repeated his calls for the prime minister to penalize B.C.by withholding federal dollars for infrastructure and jobs training. "They are fellow countrymen and women who want the best for themselves and each other".

Horgan emerged from the Ottawa meeting citing continued concerns over environmental risks in transporting diluted bitumen from Alberta through B.C.to Asian markets.

Kenney said the projects future looks bleak, but he is still hopeful that common sense will prevail.

"The federal government, along with the government of Alberta, has commenced discussions with Kinder Morgan to establish a financial relationship that will eliminate investor risk", she said.

"I'm quite confident that should these discussions end successfully, that the pipeline will be built - and that is good, because the pipeline is in the national interest".

"In the federal court that were involved in right now, that's a decision that were expecting within a number of weeks", Horgan said.

"It became very clear that the level of polarization around this debate required significant measures", Trudeau told reporters in Lima when asked why he chose to call the meeting between Notley and Horgan after the government initially resisted the idea.

"Except they've taken off the table use of the Constitutional Declaratory Power to bring legal certainty, they've taken off the power a...federal government court reference to the Supreme Court of Canada to steal the march on John Horgan's legal delay tactics in British Columbia and they've taken off the table the most obvious leverage the feds have, which is the power of the purse", he said.

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Horgan made clear that Trudeau made no threats and made it clear he had no intention of punishing B.C. residents.

Kinder Morgan recently suspended its pipeline work amid the intense political uncertainty, saying it would drop the project if the parties fail to resolve their differences by May 31.

Speaking after his meeting with the duelling premiers, Trudeau insisted that the Trans Mountain pipeline would go through.

The prime minister avoided any gaffes as he met a variety of leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean, pushed for more free trade, spoke out against the crisis in Venezuela and encouraged businesses to invest in Canada.

"His damaging policies ... have only led to more uncertainty and instability in Canada's resource sector", Scheer said. The expansion would build a second pipeline parallel to the existing one, directly over an aquifer that is the community's source of drinking water, Spahan said.

Notley has said Alberta could buy an equity stake in the pipeline, or even buy the whole thing if necessary.

Horgan said he reminded Trudeau that his pledge of reconciliation with Indigenous communities is not aided when there are Indigenous communities that don't support the Kinder Morgan project.

The meeting between the three leaders was a last ditch effort to talk things out before Trudeau takes off for an worldwide trip Sunday night.

Premier Scott Moe did not take long to react saying he is disappointed in Trudeau's take.

The prime minister will also meet Michaelle Jean, the former governor general of Canada who is now head of the Francophonie, as well as the head of French aerospace giant Airbus, which has partnered with Canadian counterpart Bombardier on the latter's C Series passenger planes.

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