"I will continue to do my best to protect B.C.'s interests, by ensuring that our cost, our water and our land is kept pristine", Horgan said. "Our environment generates millions in economic activity, from tourism to film and fisheries".
Now the Canadian government is stepping in to make sure the pipeline is completed over the objections of environmentalists, especially those in the Vancouver area who are anxious about increased shipping traffic and the possibility of spills along the coast.
The pipeline plan has already started a war of words, litigation and legislation between the two provinces, even though, for the first time in Canadian history, both are governed by the New Democratic Party, the most left-leaning party in Canada's political mainstream.
"The B.C. government has a lot to answer for in putting Canada in this situation".
Another woman was pro-pipeline, and didn't mind that her tax dollars contributed to it if it meant the project would be completed.
"It's a global competition that we're facing now". But over the past 30 years, the Canadian government has launched a major privatization effort, selling Air Canada, Canadian National Railway and Petro-Canada.
"It's outrageous that Trudeau is using public funds to bail out a multinational corporation when we would create more jobs by investing in building a clean-energy economy instead", Caitlyn Vernon, campaigns director of Sierra Club BC, told the Vancouver Sun.
"We need to deal with the political uncertainty", he said.
Will George, a Tsleil-Waututh member who has been camped out at a traditional "watch house" on Burnaby Mountain, echoed similar thoughts.
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"The cost that they did not calculate in their $4.5 billion purchase is that Indigenous frontlines will stop this pipeline".
The B.C. government is carrying on with its reference case against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Premier John Horgan told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an early-morning phone call Tuesday.
The transaction is expected to close in August 2018. The line is a valuable asset. Oil companies are paying tolls every day to ship down the existing pipe. "This is an INVESTMENT that will generate returns, not a subsidy". "Our nation must take a hard look at itself; the regulatory regime in Canada is broken".
"It's an outrageous and reckless decision by the Canadian government".
According to Hudema, the movement opposing the project " will not back down" following the government's purchase. The project has always been in the national interest.
It had a significant impact on the investors of Kinder Morgan, that's for sure.
That stands in contrast to forecasts from climate groups, which predict that demand for Canadian oil will diminish in coming years as countries move towards their Paris accord commitments to reduce carbon emissions, and the Trans-Mountain pipeline could prove to be a waste of resources.
The conclusion was that this was a fair price - a fair price for the Government of Canada and taxpayers and a fair price for the shareholders.
The Conservatives accused Trudeau of a double standard for not showing the same concern when TransCanada Corp. halted work last October on the Energy East pipeline, a 4,600-kilometre pipeline to move Alberta oil to a terminal in New Brunswick.