Elizabeth McSheffrey
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had an interview with National Observer's Sandy Garossino on Tues. Feb. 13, 2018 in Ottawa. File photo by Alex Tétreault

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is confident that his approval of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion will withstand legal challenges from First Nations who say they were not adequately consulted on it.

The federal government "went through all the right steps" before giving the green light to the hotly-contested pipeline project, he told National Observer in an exclusive interview on Tuesday afternoon.

Trish Audette-Longo

Premier Rachel Notley is signalling that her government plans to accelerate its online warfare in support of a controversial pipeline project.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Notley explained that this would drive home Alberta's message in the “ongoing dispute that British Columbia has triggered with Alberta and with all Canadians.”

Carl Meyer
Scientists have warned that threatened killer whale populations are at risk from new projects such as the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would dramatically increase oil tanker traffic on the B.C. coast. File photo by The Canadian Press

Federal government officials spent two days denying the findings of a scientific paper exploring research into the effects of oilsands pollution in the ocean, a week before the Trudeau Liberals gave the green light to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the west coast.

The Canadian Press
Protesters demonstrate outside the hotel where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is meeting with California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom Friday, February 9, 2018 in San Francisco. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

       Feb 09, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Opposition to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline has followed Justin Trudeau to sunny California.

Justine Hunter, Jeff Lewisand Carrie Tait



Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan Inc. is mustering its legal team to combat the B.C. government's bid to block new oil shipments off the coast, saying investors are losing patience with delays to its $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

John Paul Tasker

Liberals say they will also announce new protections for oceans, lakes and rivers

Feb 08, 2018

The federal Liberal government says it will streamline the approval process for major natural resources projects, scrapping the National Energy Board and empowering a new body to conduct more extensive consultation with groups affected by development.

The changes are part of the largest overhaul of Canada's environmental assessment process in a generation.

Barry Saxifrage
Where the pollution from Alberta's 12 billion barrels of bitumen has ended up. IPCC data. Background image by NASA/Goddard. Chart by Barry Saxifrage

Lost in the heated arguments over Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline is this simple fact: more than a quarter of the bitumen flowing through it will end up as pollution spilling into our oceans — one way or the other.

All the bitumen that doesn't spill from pipelines or tankers gets burned, ending up as carbon pollution dumped into our environment. Over one quarter ends up in the oceans, acidifying them for millennia to come.

Charlie Smith
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney doesn't hide where his sympathies lie in the pipeline dispute between his province of Alberta and the B.C. government. JASON KENNEY

February 8th

A former senior minister in the Stephen Harper government has come up with a novel argument for forcing British Columbia to accept Kinder Morgan's $7.4-billion Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project.

Jason Kenney, now the leader of Alberta's United Conservative Party, has launched a petition urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to "invoke the 'declaratory power' of the Constitution to declare BC's actions as being against the national interest".

Jeremy J. Nuttall

NDP leader argues two provinces would be good neighbours now had the prime minister kept promise to modernize pipeline regulation.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau bears the blame for the inter-provincial spat between British Columbia and Alberta, says federal New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced Tuesday her province would no longer be importing British Columbian wine through its government liquor agency. The move is reported to be costing B.C. winemakers $70 million in sales.

Dave Dormer
Burnaby South MP Kennedy Stewart says he expects British Columbians are prepared to engage in civil disobedience to stop the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. (Left photo: Trans Mountain, right photo: CBC)

'If the natural resources minister does threaten to use the army ... that's where this is going to go'


The relationship between the Alberta and B.C. governments has been strained in recent weeks as the two sides battle over a proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.


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