PM working to get Trans Mountain expansion going

By The Canadian Press
May 16, 2018 - 5:54am

CALGARY - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is working hard behind the scenes to ensure the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion goes ahead.

He made the remark in Calgary as a May 31st deadline imposed by pipeline builder Kinder Morgan fast approaches.

The 7.4-billion Trans Mountain project would triple the flow of heavy oil from Alberta to the coast but Kinder Morgan has warned it will pull the plug if hurdles to expanding the pipeline remain.

Trudeau says his government is looking at legislative, legal and financial avenues to get the project moving.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says it is time for action now and that Trudeau's Liberal government should withhold sending federal infrastructure money to B-C.

Moe also says Saskatchewan will be putting forward proposals to reform Canada's equalization payment system.

He says his province needs to get its agriculture, energy and other products to market if its economy is to continue to grow.

Moe says without better market access Saskatchewan may not be able to continue contributing to equalization.

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