On that front, Canada's own record on infrastructure and "national-interest projects" has room for improvement, Kiefer said, including Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, which is at the centre of a fierce battle between the Alberta and B.C. governments. With the Alberta oil stranded in that province due to the political obstructionist approach to prosperity being displayed by B.C. Premier John Horgan, and the continual nonsensical disturbances being seen nearly daily by the deniers of progress, the future not only of Canada but of B.C.is in jeopardy.
Canada was told in advance that the U.S., Britain and France were planning to launch airstrikes against Syria, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday - but was not asked to participate. On Thursday, the Liberal premier cut short a visit to Peru to try defuse a threatened constitutional crisis over expanding a 1,150-kilometre (715-mile) pipeline to move 890,000 barrels of oil per day from landlocked Alberta's oil sands to the Pacific coast. "It is a project in the national interest", Trudeau said. He added that they are in financial discussions with Kinder Morgan to "remove uncertainty" from the project, and are pursuing legislative options as well.
"It is also why we are sending a clear signal to the global investment community that big things can get done in Canada".
The meeting comes just a week after Kinder Morgan announced that it was suspending all non-essential work on the $7.4 billion project, citing what it called "extraordinary political risks".
Trudeau said recently he would not have approved the pipeline if he wasn't convinced the environment was protected and said he has been consistent for years that he believes the environment and the economy go together and can both be managed for the benefit of all Canadians.
The Trudeau government officially approved the project in November 2016, subject to 157 conditions.
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"The federal government, along with the government of Alberta, has commenced discussions with Kinder Morgan to establish a financial relationship that will eliminate investor risk", Notley told reporters, but gave no details. Horgan said the promised court reference question to verify what jurisdiction, if any, B.C. has over the pipeline and its contents, is coming "within days".
The opposition has claimed that new policies introduced by the Trudeau Liberals, including a carbon tax and hefty new legislation aimed at altering environmental assessments for major projects, has already caused foreign capital to flee Canada.
"My obligation is to the people of B.C. and I'm going to defend that until I'm no longer premier", he said.
"We are feeling a lot better about it", said Notley.
A failure to build pipelines over the last decade has had material economic impacts on the broader economy, analysts suggest.
The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by the Canadian division of Texas-based Kinder Morgan would dramatically increase the number of oil tankers traveling the shared waters between Canada and Washington state. Canadian oil producers have long suffered from a lack of available pipeline capacity to get their product to market, causing the value of Canadian oil to fall compared to producers in the USA and elsewhere.