More confusion from PM

The Trans Mountain pipeline project has taken yet another confusing turn.

On Wednesday, the Trudeau Liberal government announced it would use tax dollars to compensate Trans Mountain pipeline developer Kinder Morgan for financial losses that could result from B.C. NDP Premier John Hogan’s attempts to delay or obstruct the project.

As is often the case with an announcement from this Liberal government, the potential cost of compensating Kinder Morgan is unknown. Likewise, the definition of costs related to these delays has also yet to be defined.

The project is expected to cost roughly $7.4 billion and the Liberal government has also hinted that possibly, if not Kinder Morgan, another company could be brought in to complete the construction. 

In response, Kinder Morgan has indicated that the May 31, 2018 deadline for “clarity on a path forward” remains a priority as a result of the required construction window. 

Kinder Morgan also stated that they are not in “alignment” with the Liberal government on this announcement and that discussions are ongoing.

The Prime Minister has continued to state his strong support for the Trans-Mountain pipeline and that his government has made a commitment the pipeline will get built as it is in Canada’s national interest.

From my perspective, the pipeline subject is a polarizing one with many citizens either strongly opposed or strongly in favour.

For the record, I support the Prime Minister in approving this project. 

I have heard little support for this private project being publicly subsidized by taxpayers, largely because of continued inaction from the federal Liberal government. 

My question this week:

  • Whether or not you are in favour of this project, do you support the Prime Minister’s idea that taxpayers should compensate Kinder Morgan for losses that may result from delays? 


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Dan Albas, Conservative member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, is the shadow minister of innovation, science, economic development and internal trade, and sits on the standing committee on finance.

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