Scheer joins Moe in lashing Liberals over Trans Mountain purchase

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Ottawa is playing favourites by investing billions of dollars into the Trans Mountain pipeline in Western Canada even though it did nothing to help the now-defunct Energy East project here, says Saint John Mayor Don Darling.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline is "a vital project in the national interest" and that its purchase will ensure the expansion is built, despite protests from environmentalists and other groups.

"My experience is that people are motivated by betrayal, they're motivated by a lack of fairness, they're motivated by a sense of shared common objective and outrage".

"We believe that this signals a strong and continued conviction that we need to recognize the environment and the economy goes hand in hand", he told reporters. Completing the expansion of the line to triple its capacity will cost an very bad lot more - the estimate now is $7.4 billion and costs could well escalate with further delay.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the government would acquire the troubled pipeline expansion project on Tuesday. It was a remote location that took most people five to seven hours to get through.

Duane Bratt said it's too soon to say whether Trans Mountain will give Notley a bump in the polls, but no deal by Thursday would clearly have been a killer.

But as of yesterday this "asset" was being protested, as of yesterday the Government of British Columbia was in court to oppose this "asset" and as of yesterday there were Liberal MPs from British Columbia who opposed this "asset".

"Trudeau had promised during the election that he would create a new environmental process that would protect Indigenous rights and that the Kinder Morgan project would be included and sent back to be done through the new process, and on both those counts he's failed completely", he said.

Other opposition parties weighed in on the announcement as well. But he said Ottawa's decision to step in doesn't change the Tsleil-Waututh's opposition to the project. The purchase is subject to the approval of Kinder Morgan shareholders.

Trudeau is gambling billions of Canadian taxpayer dollars on an oil project that will never be built - a project that Kinder Morgan itself has indicated is "untenable" and that faces more than a dozen lawsuits, crumbling economics, and a growing resistance movement that is spreading around the world.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled the government's long-awaited, big-budget strategy on Tuesday to save the plan to expand the oilsands pipeline.

However, it remains to be seen how far the investment will be a financial risk.

Morneau said the federal government does not plan to be a long-term owner and is in negotiations with interested investors, including Indigenous communities, pension funds and the Alberta government, which will provide funding for any unexpected costs that arise during construction.

Ball says the move out west is a sign that the federal government is willing to work and take down barriers to getting oil and gas projects off the ground.

It's possible they do mesh, Kinley said, but it's up to the government to explain how Trans Mountain squares with a commitment to reduce emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

However, he said Alberta is in somewhat of a unique situation in how it can benefit above and beyond what the federal government has to gain from the pipeline, given that the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission markets the Crown's oil royalties.

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