The Trans Mountain pipeline project got even more polarizing Tuesday.
The Trudeau government announced they’d be purchasing the federally approved project from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion.
Reaction was swift varying with many organizations expressing anything from significant discontent to significant approval.
One of those organizations is the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, who’s CEO Steve McLellan said it’s good to see affirmative action finally taking action on this matter.
“This is a very unique deal,” he said. “It’s not the end result in a sense that we’re looking for, but we’re very happy the closure, the deal is there.”
McLellan said the thing this deal will bring most immediately to the energy sector here in Saskatchewan is a near-immediate boost to industries and business.
“We’re going to see some of our trades people go and build the pipeline. It’s Evraz Steel from Regina that will be the pipe going into the ground.”
Perhaps the other thing the pipeline does is begin a discussion on another matter of provincial and federal prominence: developing renewable technologies and energies. McLellan noted that the drama surround the pipeline’s status appear to be over, that discussion can now commence.
“This took us off that conversation, which is an important one,” he said. “One Saskatchewan is having with the federal government, one that our business people are having with themselves.”