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"A genuine sense of optimism": Horgan talks pipeline in Ottawa

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Sean Kilpatrick  CP                       Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Lima Peru

Trudeau cited investor confidence as one reason to help Kinder Morgan Canada, part of Kinder Morgan Inc, which plans to nearly triple the capacity of its Trans Mountain line from Alberta to the Pacific province of British Columbia.

"It will be built", Trudeau said.

"I have instructed the minister of finance to initiate formal financial discussions with (Texas energy company) Kinder Morgan.to remove the uncertainty overhanging the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion", Mr Trudeau said Sunday.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her province and the federal government have agreed on a plan to "eliminate" investor risk surrounding the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

John Horgan, premier of B.C., said prior to the meeting that he was traveling to Ottawa to stand up for the province and to protect our coasts.

Notley simply stated that the pipeline "will be built".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday moved to end an escalating crisis over a Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd oil pipeline, saying Ottawa was prepared to offer financial aid to ensure the project went ahead. Horgan said they continue to disagree on energy and will proceed with a court battle against the project.

"I believe at this point in the proceeding we had a fair and frank discussion, my obligation is to the people of BC and I'm going to defend that until I'm no longer the Premier".

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Horgan says Trudeau laid out "legislative and financial measures" to push the project forward, but he did not elaborate.

With the price of a litre of gasoline hovering at or above $1.53 in the Lower Mainland, and the ongoing dispute as described above seems not to be moderating, and with the lack of leadership by Trudeau and the Liberals all of Canada but especially B.C. can and will see increases in the cost of living which will translate into higher fees for government services thus higher taxes.

"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.

Horgan's news conference was barely over before Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was at the podium, laying the blame for the impasse squarely at the prime minister's feet.

Trudeau has argued repeatedly his government has put in place the environmental protections and policies needed to reduce the risks of an oil spill, and that building the pipeline to get Canadian resources to market is necessary for the Canadian economy. Trudeau was due to address the media later on Sunday.

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

The meeting between the prime minister and the two provincial leaders marks the first time the three players have been in the same room at the same time.

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