Ottawa pledges to meet Kinder Morgan's deadline for Trans Mountain

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Government investment may not solve Trans Mountain pipeline issues

The Prime Minister was scheduled to be on a 10-day foreign trip to Peru, France and Britain, but will now return to Canada after the Summit of the Americas in Peru to meet with the premiers "to discuss next steps for moving the Trans Mountain expansion project forward", his office said in a release Thursday.

"That will require us to talk with the project proponent", Morneau told a Toronto news conference.

"Today we're just trying to bring art and beauty and song to a tense situation". He said the government has been talking to Kinder Morgan but declined to reveal more.

Project architect Kinder Morgan upped the ante this week by declaring it would suspend all non-essential spending on the project until there is more certainty it won't be blocked by BC's NDP government.

Burnaby RCMP have made nearly 200 arrests in connection with anti-pipeline demonstrations since early March.

After meeting with Ms. Notley on Wednesday, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau pledged that Ottawa will meet the tight deadline to provide a rescue plan for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, including possible financial support, so that construction can proceed this summer.

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The federal government, arguing that the pipeline is in the national interest, has said it is looking at regulatory, legal, and financial options to see the pipeline built, including investing in it.

Kinder Morgan has said it wants questions over the project's future resolved by the end of next month.

The federal Liberal government, citing its jurisdiction over infrastructure projects that cross provincial boundaries, granted approval of the project in 2016.

Horgan has pledged to do whatever it takes to kill the pipeline; earlier this year, he floated the idea of a regulation that would limit how much oil could flow through it. Ottawa has jurisdiction over pipeline projects, but a legal challenge on that score would mean more delays.

She also stood by her threat to introduce legislation that would allow her to curtail oil shipments to B.C., among other retaliatory measures - a move that would surely cause a spike in gas prices west of the Rockies. We are in court, we're going to stay in court.

The Alberta government will introduce legislation on Monday created to put pressure on B.C., including the right to cut shipments of oil and gasoline, driving up pump prices.

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