He offered no details.
After his pipeline crisis meeting with Rachel Notley and John Horgan, Justin Trudeau tried to spin the meeting as a chance for him to discuss what the government is doing next.
Of course, what really happened is that the meeting failed.
Right after the meeting, Horgan announced that he was still opposing the pipeline.
So, nothing has changed.
After Horgan, Scheer, and Notley spoke, Trudeau addressed the media:
PM Justin Trudeau on Trans Mountain project:
– Says he’s instructed finance minister “to initiate formal financial discussions w/ Kinder Morgan” w/ goal of removing “uncertainty”;
– Says govt is “actively pursuing legislative options” to assert, re-enforce federal jurisdiction pic.twitter.com/qQ18tidtpI
— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) April 15, 2018
Trudeau says he’s telling Morneau to negotiate with Kinder Morgan on potential financial support, while vaguely saying he will “reassert and reinforce” federal authority. Additionally, he said he could ‘expand’ the ocean protection plan.
Yet, Trudeau offered no details on any of that, and gave no indication of why he failed to overcome Morgan’s opposition.
Additionally, Trudeau didn’t explain why there are even negotiations taking place, if the federal government has the authority to get the project going.
As I said on Twitter, “Trudeau says he has constitutional authority to get Trans Mountain expansion built. So why is it still being discussed? Why isn’t it already underway? If you have the authority than stop talking and use it. If you don’t, then stop lying.”
Photo – Twitter