Money Morneau: we'll back Trans Mountain investors

17:12  16 may  2018
17:12  16 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Finance Minister Bill Morneau updates the media on the talks involving plans for the Trans “If it is B.C.’s intent to exhaust Trans Mountain ’s investors into submission, that strategy will not work. “What we are looking for is certainty around this,” he told reporters Wednesday in Victoria.

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OTTAWA - If Kinder Morgan wants to abandon plans to build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, there are plenty of other investors out there willing to take up the cause — and they will have the backing of the federal Liberal government, Finance Minister Bill Morneau says.

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The government is willing to "provide indemnity" to any investors, be they the project's original architects or otherwise, to ensure the controversial Alberta-B.C.. project is able to proceed, Morneau told a news conference Wednesday.

The announcement, coming on the very day when the company's Calgary-based Canadian operation is scheduled to hold its annual meeting, bore the hallmarks of an effort to ratchet up the pressure in advance of Kinder Morgan's May 31 deadline.

Amid mounting opposition from the B.C. government, environmental groups and protesters, not to mention skittish investors, the company last month halted all non-essential spending on its $7.4-billion plan to double an existing pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C.

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"We are willing to indemnify the Trans Mountain expansion against unnecessary delays that are politically motivated," Morneau said — a reference to B.C. Premier John Horgan's ongoing refusal to allow the project to proceed, despite federal jurisdiction.

"If Kinder Morgan is not interested in building the project — we think plenty of investors would be interested in taking on this project, especially knowing that the federal government believes it is in the best interest of Canadians and is willing to indemnity to make sure it gets built."

He said investors need certainty in order to back a project that the government has repeatedly insisted is in the national interest, but steadfastly refused to say what sort of dollar figures are currently on the table.

Morneau did not directly answer when he was asked how other investors or companies could conceivably take over a project to expand an existing pipeline that already has an owner.

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"This pipeline that Kinder Morgan currently has, the Trans Mountain pipeline, has been there since 1953, so we see that the twinning of that pipeline is one of the most effective ways to get our resources to market responsibly," he said.

"We see a path to an outcome that will assure that we can get the advantage that we're seeking; that's why those discussions are ongoing. We do know that in order to make sure that we have that path, we need to deal with the extraordinary risks that have been presented by Premier Horgan."

The finance minister had been engaged in intensive talks with Kinder Morgan officials up until Tuesday, but the two sides have yet to declare any common ground on the amount of federal money involved.

"Discussions with Kinder Morgan continue — and we are striving to get to an agreement by the May 31 deadline."

Morneau's talks with Kinder Morgan had their genesis a month ago, when Trudeau promised to deploy both financial and legislative tools to ensure the disputed expansion is able to proceed.

During a remarkable eight-hour stopover in the national capital, an unscheduled break from a busy overseas travel itinerary, Trudeau convened a summit in Ottawa with B.C.'s John Horgan, who has staked his government's survival on opposing the pipeline, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, whose province's economic health depends on it.

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" We have invested in Canada, in British Columbia as well as Alberta, and we expect to continue investing ." In an effort to get Trans Mountain 's construction schedule back on track, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Sunday that he had ordered Finance Minister Bill Morneau to "initiate

Trudeau instructed Morneau to sit down with Kinder Morgan to find a financial solution that would soothe their investors. He also promised legislation that would reaffirm Ottawa's authority to press ahead with a development deemed to be in Canada's national interest.

The Liberal government position is that it approved the project in 2016 after a rejigged environmental assessment and Indigenous consultation process, and in concert with the its climate change and oceans protection plan. Approval came in consultation with the previous B.C. Liberal government, which gave its consent to the project after its own conditions were met.

Horgan's election last year changed that. His minority government exists at the pleasure of the Green party, and on condition of his continued opposition to the project.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. The previous version suggested the Kinder Morgan annual meeting is tomorrow instead of today.

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