Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is surprised the Federal Appeals Court has overturned Ottawa’s approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.
Speaking in Saskatoon on Thursday, Moe believes Ottawa has the right to go ahead with any major infrastructure project it feels is in the national interest.
He is calling on the federal government to do what it can to complete the project saying the province is losing big money without the expanded pipeline.
Moe is pushing for a quick start of construction and completion of the project so the market for Western Canadian oil can expand and reduce the price differential which he says is costing Saskatchewan’s energy industry two billion dollars a year.
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau says they will review the decision as Ottawa plans to push ahead with its purchase of the project.
The Federal Appeals Court Panel unanimously ruled the Liberal Government’s approval of the expansion is based on a flawed review by the National Energy Board.
In the wake of today’s news, it is giving the Saskatchewan NDP a chance to bring up something on their wish list.
They are once again calling on Premier Moe to develop a schedule for replacement of existing pipelines to keep steelworkers on the job.
“When a project like this is under review, it’s the federal government’s job to ensure there are clear goalposts. We need to hold the federal government to account for their failures on this project and ensure a fair, safe and consistent regulatory environment.”Leader Ryan Meili said. “We also need to do whatever is in Saskatchewan’s power to keep our steelworkers on the job. That’s why we’re calling on Premier Moe to support our proposal for an evidence-based replacement schedule of existing pipelines in Saskatchewan.”
(with files from CJWW)