"The cost that they did not calculate in their $4.5 billion purchase is that Indigenous frontlines will stop this pipeline", Tsleil-Waututh member and Coast Salish Watch House spokesperson Will George said in a statement.
The federal Liberal government has agreed to buy the troubled Trans Mountain expansion project from Kinder Morgan to ensure the controversial expansion of an Alberta-to-B.C. crude oil pipeline gets built.
"What? If it's too risky for an oil pipeline company to build an oil pipeline, why is it okay for the Canadian public to pick up all of that risk?" he asked.
Yesterday, he charged that the federal government has created "an unfair and unlevel playing field" for energy projects in Canada.
She also accused Trudeau's government of writing a "blank cheque" for the pipeline's construction costs, which Kinder Morgan has previously pegged at $7.4 billion. The completed pipeline would transport almost 900,000 barrels of diluted bitumen a day, with the substance being controversial as little is known about its pollutant properties.
Ottawa will pay Kinder Morgan Can$4.5 billion ($3.5 billion) for the Trans Mountain pipeline, which is to move 890,000 barrels of oil a day from landlocked Alberta to the Pacific coast for export overseas, Finance Minister Bill Morneau told a news conference.
"For Kinder Morgan, it was a good deal from what was looking like a real bad proposition but they played it really well and my sense is the feds overpaid on this", says Saul Klein, dean of the University of Victoria's Gustavson School of Business. The pipeline itself has been awaiting final route approvals, and construction permits.
What Ottawa and Alberta did on Tuesday - throw money at Kinder Morgan to relieve it of a nightmare pipeline - was the easy part. "Make no mistake: this is an investment in Canada's future".
"Our government believes that the commercial agreement we have reached with Kinder Morgan is the best way to protect thousands of good, well-paying jobs while delivering a solid return on investment for Canadians".
During his speech he said that the first goal is clear; to make sure the Trans Mountain pipeline is completed.
Multiple court cases are still pending against it, including the constitutional reference question from the B.C. government.
It has already been approved through a rigorous review process by both the federal and B.C. governments (before the current anti-pipeline administration of NDP Premier John Horgan was elected).
"When the pipeline spills like that on our land, if we don't mobilize and if we don't go there and if we don't show our presence, then they can continue to do this and get away with it", she said. "Our court case is against Canada", he said.