EDMONTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline expansion will happen despite British Columbia’s latest attempt to hinder the project.
Speaking on Edmonton talk radio station CHED, Trudeau says the pipeline, which would take Alberta crude to the West Coast for shipment to Asian markets, is in the national interest and will go ahead.
B.C.’s environment minister has said his minority government plans to ban increased shipments of diluted bitumen off its coast until it can determine that shippers are prepared and able to properly clean up a spill.
The move has infuriated Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who has accused B.C. of trying to change the rules after the federal government already gave the project the green light.
Trudeau says it’s normal for provinces to have differences of opinion and that’s why there is a federal government to make sure the interests of all Canadians are looked after.
Notley has threatened trade retaliation with B.C. if the shipping ban goes ahead.
The Canadian Press