The provincial government has responded to the federal government’s purchase of the trans mountain pipeline project.
The $4.5 Billion purchase allows the project at least some future moving forward beyond Kinder Morgan’s deadline of May 31st.
Premier Scott Moe says the federal government still needs to hear the concerns of the BC provincial government.
“(BC) Premier (John) Horgan was on this morning, and says this essentially changes nothing from his perspective, he’s continuing with his reference case,” Moe says. “We need to have our federal government, on behalf of Canadians, who now own this piece of infrastructure, to engage with British Columbia.”
Moe says it’s good to see the government finally acknowledge the pipeline as a piece of infrastructure in Canada’s national interest.
Saskatchewan Opposition leader Ryan Meili says he was pleased with the Federal government’s approach on the matter.
“I think we’ve seen a pretty big step from the federal government here to move this forward, we don’t yet know how BC will respond, I think we should see how this plays out,” Meili says. “Again, what I’m hoping to see is that the federal government does show leadership in a way that advances the project without hurting regular folks.”
The Pipeline aims to move Alberta oil to the coast through Burnaby, BC, with all jurisdictions except for BC saying the pipeline is in federal jurisdiction.