Local MP says Prime Minister has been absent in the Trans Mountain Pipeline discussion

By Curtis Galbraith
February 14, 2018 - 7:46am

The federal Conservatives say the Prime Minister has to step into the dispute between Alberta and B.C. over the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Grande Prairie-Mackenzie MP Chris Warkentin says Justin Trudeau needs to meet with the respective premiers to figure something out.

"Obviously, the Prime Minister has been absent on this file. He has been spending a lot of time in other countries and other places, but what he really needs to do is spend some time in British Columbia, tell the premier of British Columbia really what the plan is moving forward."

Warkentin says there has been a lot of rhetoric coming from the federal cabinet, but no clarity on how the pipeline will go ahead. He thinks construction could start within a month if the government would push things along.

"The Prime Minister keeps saying this project will move forward, and yet has not provided any clarity as to how that will happen. He's been saying the same thing for the last 440 days. We believe that it's time for action, otherwise, we believe this project will die due to delay."

Warkentin says bringing in carbon taxes has not led to assurances pipelines would be built.

"There was a promise that if we adopted a carbon tax (that) the so-called social license would be guaranteed. What we see now is that there is no guarantee, that the promise that somehow families paying thousands of dollars a year in extra taxes, the guarantee that that would somehow provide less resistance to the building of pipelines, is a complete farce."

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