Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is in Ottawa Tuesday for an emergency meeting following news that Kinder Morgan is suspending all non-essential spending on the pipeline until it and its investors feel secure the project won’t fall apart amid strong opposition from the British Columbia government.
When asked if she thinks companies would step up if Kinder Morgan pulls out, Notley reiterated her belief the pipeline will likely be built by the Texas–based proponent.
The Alberta NDP government, led by Rachel Notley, introduced the Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act in response to the continued and substantial delays in building the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX).
Concerns were heightened last week after Kinder Morgan effectively put its Trans Mountain expansion project on hold until it can be assured British Columbia won’t continue trying to block the pipeline.
“We are considering a number of financial options to ensure that the Trans Mountain expansion is built, up to and including purchasing the pipeline outright if it was to come to that,” she said in a statement Tuesday.
“If the national interest is given over to the extremes on the left or the right, if the voices of the moderate majority of Canadians are forgotten, the reverberations of that will tear at the fabric of Confederation for many, many years to come,” Notley said.