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article imageOttawa's tough stance on Trans Mountain decried by politicians

By Karen Graham     Apr 14, 2018 in World
Ottawa's intention to override B.C.'s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline project has raised the consternation of Quebec politicians who decry the "exclusive application of federal rules" as being detrimental.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's meeting with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and B.C. Premier John Horgan is not expected to sway either of the two premier's stances on the pipeline project, according to CBC Canada on Friday.
A senior federal official told CBC there was "almost no chance" Premier Horgan would drop his opposition to the pipeline expansion project. And that is apparently very true. As Horgan was preparing to attend tomorrow's meeting, the B.C. government released a progress report on permits for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
You can believe Premier John Horgan is all for the environment  as seen by his meeting with former U...
You can believe Premier John Horgan is all for the environment, as seen by his meeting with former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Al Gore on April 12.
John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia
Basically, British Columbia's Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Ministry says the $7.4-billion project requires 1,187 provincial permits, many of which involve Indigenous consultations. Of the 587 permit applications that have been submitted, 201 have been approved and issued and another 386 are under review.
Ottawa's tough stance the on pipeline
According to the government official who spoke with CBC Canada, Trudeau plans on using the meeting to explain the steps he intends to take to see that the pipeline is constructed. He did not elaborate on what steps the prime minister will take.
But as Trudeau explained in his latest video, posted to social media on April 12, "I wouldn’t approve major pipeline projects if I wasn’t confident they could be done safely. And they can be done safely because we've made a massive investment in protecting our oceans and coastlines – in BC and across the country."
And Trudeau has every intention of piling on the pressure in getting the pipeline finished, according to Reuters.
Politicians decry federal response
Now that people have had a day or two to digest what could be the outcome of Sunday's meeting, Quebec politicians are speaking out against the government's apparent intention to override Prime Minister Horgan's opposition.
CBC Canada is reporting on Saturday that "in an open letter published today in La Presse, Jean-Marc Fournier, the minister responsible for Canadian relations, called on the federal government to acknowledge and work with provincial legislation with regards to projects that touch both provincial and federal jurisdiction."
Jean-Marc Fournier is a member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Saint-Laurent  and  the minist...
Jean-Marc Fournier is a member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Saint-Laurent, and the minister responsible for Canadian relations.
Jean-Marc Fournier
"The recent assertions of federal representatives regarding the Trans Mountain pipeline, which refers to an exclusive application of federal rules, are detrimental to a proper resolution of this issue and raise concerns for the future," he wrote.
Readers will remember that Finance Minister Bill Morneau, said Friday that Ottawa is "resolved to move forward on the project." And on April 11, according to Digital Journal, Morneau also mentioned the several options the government could take, including financing the pipeline outright and even penalties against British Columbia that could include withholding transfer payments, reports CTV News,
Fournier said these claims by Morneau do nothing but encourage those running the project to ignore the environmental rules put in place by B.C. for the benefits of its citizens and the environment.
Even Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Thursday that the federal government's plans to go ahead with the pipeline are "not a good sign for federalism."
Premier John Horgan has this to say: “I do believe we have a mandate to defend the coast I would also argue the premier of B.C. has an obligation at all times to stand up for the jurisdictional authority of provincial rights.”
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