Notley 'a little bit more convinced' about federal action on Trans Mountain

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Notley's solution to "saving" embattled pipeline? Transfer financial risk from Kinder Morgan to Albertans

"We need to be able to continue getting big things done in this country", the federal finance minister said in an interview with BNN Wednesday evening.

Trudeau will sit down Sunday in Ottawa with Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley - a diversion from his original itinerary, which had him flying directly to Europe from Peru, where he's attending the 8th Summit of the Americas, beginning Friday.

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau reportedly plans to pressure British Columbia's provincial government to drop its resistance to Kinder Morgan's (KMI -0.7%) Trans Mountain pipeline project while trying to avoid tougher measures that might alienate voters who helped his Liberal Party win power.

Kinder Morgan, proponents of the project, announced on Sunday that they were halting all non-essential work and set a May 31 deadline to get clarity on whether it can proceed with the project without facing further hurdles. "Public threats, in my estimation, aren't helpful".

An emergency federal cabinet meeting in Ottawa buttressed that determination, Morneau said, although he wouldn't speculate on whether penalizing BC financially - such as by withholding transfer payments - remained an option.

"If the protesters, abetted by the province, stop the pipeline, we believe the climate accord will go away", Connor said.

But with the federal government now keen to resolve the impasse and get the project back on track, Trudeau and his staff apparently decided that his presence was needed at home, at least for this weekend.

It would be a much faster way of answering legal questions over jurisdiction than the lengthy court battles the B.C. government has threatened, said Singh.

Such action is expected to cause gas prices and other costs to spike in B.C. We are in court, we're going to stay in court.

The government has already rejected the idea of asking the Supreme Court to reaffirm its jurisdiction, fearing the risk of raising doubts the government itself does not have.

He also declined to detail what has been said in recent conversations between the government and Kinder Morgan.

The Alberta government will introduce legislation on Monday created to put pressure on B.C., including the right to cut shipments of oil and gasoline, driving up pump prices.

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