If the government had reinforced federal authority for pipelines through the courts and in legislation as soon as B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan became premier previous year, Scheer said that would have prevented Horgan from introducing the uncertainty that ultimately led to Kinder Morgan's nervousness that the project would never come to fruition.
"My experience is that people are motivated by betrayal, they're motivated by a lack of fairness, they're motivated by a sense of shared common goal and outrage".
"This is the moment in history where Justin Trudeau has revealed that he never cared about Indigenous rights or reconciliation", said Will George, Tsleil-Waututh member and spokesperson for the Coast Salish Watch House.
Scheer says the Trudeau government would have the public believe buying the pipeline was its only option, but that in reality Kinder Morgan was "willing to pay" for it and "wasn't looking for money", just a clear path to construction. He said that the pipeline had "significant commercial value" and that the government intends to sell it to private investors over time. Earlier this month, her government passed a law giving Alberta the power to limit oil and gas exports to other regions, which could cause gasoline and jet fuel prices to spike in B.C. It was a remote location that took most people five to seven hours to get through.
"While these are exceptional circumstances, we are pleased that the Trans Mountain Expansion project will proceed, beginning this construction season", spokesperson Alita Fabiano said in a statement.
In January, British Columbia Premier John Horgan considered new regulations on bitumen, a heavier type of oil found in Canada. Canada has announced it will purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline from developer Kinder Morgan to ensure it is completed.
The company's announcement ramped up the fight over the contentious project, which has pit the federal government and the landlocked province of Alberta against BC.
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"The protesters and the opposition, and the civil disobedience is probably going to increase", Khelsilem said. It is subject to approval by Kinder Morgan's shareholders.
His support for the pipeline came with the proviso that it be part of an overall framework that included putting a price on carbon.
Kean said the Canadian government would help search for an alternative buyer. The Squamish remain opposed to the project, he said.
She said she "could only hope" that the federal government will diligently monitor and maintain the pipeline to prevent a future spill.
Sims anxious Canadians could be on the hook for more than just building the pipeline.
However, Kevin Birn, an oilsands analyst with IHS Markit, said it's not actually without precedent for the government to participate in projects like this - like the Hibernia oil platform, Line 9 and various heavy-water treatment projects. The province said it had pledged up to $2 billion for the project if needed, but said it may not need to use any of those funds.
Meanwhile, Canadian Finance Minister Morneau was out in defense of the government's deal today as a "particularly problematic" situation and not a symbol of how things get done in the country.