Canada needs projects like the expansion created to triple Trans Mountain's capacity to move crude oil and refined products from the Alberta oilsands and Edmonton refining complex to the West Coast, said Chris Bloomer, CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is responding to the federal Liberal government's plan to spend $4.5 billion buying Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline and core assets.
The ensuing uncertainty, paired with vociferous opposition from environmental groups and some Indigenous communities in B.C., prompted Kinder Morgan to halt investment until the federal government could inject some certainty into the project.
For its part, the Trudeau government greenlighted Trans Mountain in November 2016 and has long insisted the project is in the national interest because Canada loses $15 billion every year as a result of now limited access to export markets outside the U.S.
Amid the feud, the pipeline has become a barometer for foreign investments in Canada, with some warning of a spillover into other sectors of the economy.
When the finance minister rose again, he said the previous Tory government was not able to get a "pipeline to market", which is not correct.
"The Indigenous-led, people-powered movement that led Kinder Morgan to abandon ship on this project is stronger than ever and will not back down". The decision was seen as a possible way to stop building the pipeline, even if it was approved on paper.
The Trudeau government's decision to purchase the pipeline comes just weeks after the federal finance minister offered to protect the private investors behind the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion against politically motivated delays.
To do so, Canada will pay the pipeline's current owner, Kinder Morgan, $4.5 billion in Canadian dollars - about $3.5 billion in US currency.
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Bad enough that people like hysterical, anti-pipeline protesters, as Robert Bryce explains in his book Power Hungry, refuse to accept the inescapable reality that, "We use hydrocarbons - coal, oil and natural gas - not because we like them, but because they produce lots of heat energy from small spaces, at prices we can afford in the quantities that we demand".
"I am happy with this morning's announcement", said Crey, who has been very supportive of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) in light of the potential economic spinoffs for the Cheam.
Nationalizing a major infrastructure project from Canada's private sector is certainly not how the process is supposed to work, but little about the Trans Mountain expansion has gone the way it ought to according to either rule of law or convention.
However, the British Columbian government said Tuesday it wasn't backing down.
Many activists were arrested for blocking construction on oil transport terminals in British Columbia, including May, the Green Party leader.
"When we are faced with an exceptional situation that puts jobs at risk, that puts our worldwide reputation on the line, our government is prepared to take action", Morneau told reporters.
The federal government insists the project falls under its jurisdiction.
Morneau faced off against Scheer in question period hours after the minister unveiled the pricey deal to salvage the British Columbia pipeline expansion project.
The plan announced Tuesday has several stages - construction will continue this year with a Federal loan guarantee as the deal is finalized; the government will look for a new owner or owners to transfer the project to; and then "indemnify" the owner against certain costs. But that was tempered with the shock that it took the promise of full project nationalization to resuscitate Trans Mountain's expansion, as well as some awkward acknowledgement that, come August, oil companies would likely be paying their tolls on the existing Trans Mountain pipeline to a Crown corporation.