Canada column for Sunday, March 11/18
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
* News Update *
Doug Ford wins Ontario Conservative Party nomination for leader.
The $7.9-billion expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline will be built despite widespread protests in British Columbia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.
The Kinder Morgan project, approved by the Trudeau government in 2016, would triple the amount of crude oil shipped to the west coast port of Burnaby from Edmonton, Alberta to 890,000 barrels a day.
“This project is in the national interest and it will get built,” Trudeau said.
“We will continue to ensure that we are protecting the environment while growing the economy and working across the country to ensure the projects that are in the national interest move forward,” he added.
Permit disputes and environmental concerns have delayed construction as political leaders from both provinces warn of trade-war sanctions.
British Columbia said it will not allow increased oil shipments until it does more research on pipeline safety and responses to possible spills.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said there has been a loss of millions of dollars in revenue and thousands of jobs due to bottlenecks in the existing pipeline.