Trudeau halts foreign trip to meet with premiers on pipeline dispute

The unexpected development is a sign of the pressure building on Trudeau to solve a problem that could turn into a constitutional crisis.


Three-ringed circusKinder Morgan's attempt to build a pipeline reflects badly on Canada. /TheEconomist

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will break off a foreign trip to hold an emergency meeting with the premiers of two provinces locked in a worsening dispute over an oil pipeline.

In 2016, the federal government approved plans by Kinder Morgan Canada to almost triple the capacity of its Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to the west coast.

But the British Columbia government argues they should make the final ruling because of the local risks of a spill.

Trudeau cut short his trip in order to invite Alberta Premier Rachel Notley – who backs the pipeline – and British Columbia Premier John Horgan to try and break the deadlock.

It is the first time in decades that different levels of government in Canada have argued so openly over resources.

“This likely is not going to be the end of the story. It’s the first step,” a senior government official told Reuters, saying Trudeau would outline the various financial, regulatory and legal options for handling the crisis.

“I think there’s a hope we break the deadlock and the prime minister can get beyond the political public posturing,” said the official, who was not authorized to speak to the media and requested anonymity. “This is impacting market confidence and investor confidence.”

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  1. Trudeau is an incompetent narcissist idiot- Best thing to do is get him a giant playpen and fill it full of baby toys so he can be contained — Oh we would not forget the selfie camera.
    All he does i fly around looking for publicity and photo ops on the TAXPAYERS dime – I could not even guess at how much it is going to cost to fly this idiot back when he should not have gone in the first place, Our only hope – throw the bum out in 2019

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