Brandon Gabriel, a member of the Kwantlen First Nation and a key organizer of several anti-pipeline protests in Langley, argued against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's statement that the pipeline expansion is in the national interest.
The project has been significantly delayed, with the government of British Columbia most recently having impeded the pipeline expansion on environmental grounds.
He's offering few details, however, saying the negotiations will not take place in public.
Houston-based developer Kinder Morgan has threatened to scrap the $7.4 billion (USD $5.9 billion) project unless political and legal opposition is resolved by May 31.
"I don't think we would be in this current situation if the British Columbia government hadn't continued to emphasize its opposition to the project", Trudeau said. Horgan defeated Clark in an election a year ago.
While the project could allow Alberta to get its landlocked bitumen to markets in Asia and reduce its reliance on the United States market, it has encountered opposition in British Columbia over the potential for oil spills and the impact that a dramatic rise in tanker traffic could have on the region's southern resident killer whales, a population already on the knife edge of extinction. "It was a collegial meeting among peers".
"We are very committed to putting pressure on B.C.to come around and focus on what this pipeline actually means", Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said.
Alberta's minister of energy will have sweeping discretionary powers to limit exports of crude, natural gas and gasoline to B.C. under much-anticipated legislation introduced Monday. Analysts suggest that could hike gas prices in the Lower Mainland over $2 per litre and would have an immediate, economy-wide impact on the province. "You've got the federal Crown, you've got the provincial Crowns, you're missing out the rights and title holders and that's the most important element". This is a bid to try and take the wind out the sails of Horgan's court challenge.
He said it was done by "increasing consultation, creating certainty for investors and avoiding the issues created by the Harper Conservatives that lead to the dismissal of pipeline approvals by the Federal Court". He said whatever financial arrangement is reached will include protections for taxpayers.
Reacting to Sunday's announcement, Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver said providing financial assistance to Kinder Morgan was a troubling precedent. They won't happen in public.
"Let me be clear, we did this to ensure that pipelines weren't just approved, we did this to ensure that they would be built", Carr said.
But since the NDP government was elected in B.C. last summer, it has "not specifically put forward proposals on how they would like to see us improve the Oceans Protection Plan", he said.
"That is exactly what we are doing", he said of the Trans Mountain salvage plan.
Trudeau also said all of this is being done with a view to allowing Kinder Morgan to proceed on schedule. What he is ignoring is that we are the uncertainty.
"We are feeling a lot better about it", said Notley. "And the Government of Canada has determined that this project is good for Canada and in the national interest".
Stubbs told the House the pipeline will provide necessary access to export markets for "landlocked, environmentally and socially responsible Canadian oil". "Energy is Canada's number one private sector in the economy".