Pipeline talk planned Sunday between Trudeau, Horgan and Notley

Marco Green
April 12, 2018

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the federal government has convinced her that "something specific" will be announced in the near future to try to break the impasse over the Trans Mountain pipeline.

The dispute has pitted Alberta and the federal government - which support the project - against the B.C. government, which has argued it has some jurisdiction over the proposed pipeline expansion.

Notley made the comments after a meeting in Toronto with federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

Trudeau defends pipeline in new videoCTV News Canada reports that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending his stance on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion through a new video he has posted on social media.

In the video, Trudeau is seen strolling along a B.C. beach with Ocean Networks Canada CEO Kate Moran and Rob Stewart, president of B.C. Coast Pilots, discussing the government's $1.5-billion oceans protection plan, which he says gives the government the confidence that Canada's oceans and coastlines will be protected even with a new, expanded pipeline.

"That could include a number of things, both restricting what goes in certain directions as well as suggesting certain mechanisms for it to be transported".

"We are going to get this done", Morneau said.

The federal Liberal government granted approval of the project in 2016.

Environmental groups and Indigenous communities have been demonstrating against the pipeline going ahead, with some, including Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, being arrested at a work site in Burnaby, B.C.

Horgan and his NDP government is seeking a court ruling to determine if the province has the jurisdiction to ban additional shipments of oil from Alberta to study diluted bitumen spill cleanup, prevention and preparedness.

"This is a way that would respect the concerns of all people, and it is much more efficient than what would happen otherwise, which is British Columbia having to go to a court in British Columbia, then potential appeals, then potentially to the Supreme Court", Singh told a news conference in Ottawa.

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