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Canada Bill Morneau to give 'major update' on Kinder Morgan pipeline talks Wednesday

06:35  16 may  2018
06:35  16 may  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

Paddling protesters arrested after attaching themselves to pipeline terminal's floating fence

  Paddling protesters arrested after attaching themselves to pipeline terminal's floating fence At least two protesters in kayaks have been arrested after they blocked workers from entering the Westridge Terminal site from the water.At least two protesters in kayaks have attached themselves to a floating fence that surrounds the Kinder Morgan construction site at the Westridge Terminal in Burnaby, B.C., blocking workers from entering the site on the water and leading to at least two arrests.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will give what a senior government official is calling a “ major Finance Minister Bill Morneau will give an update on the state of negotiations with Kinder With Kinder Morgan Canada shareholders meeting Wednesday in Calgary, it's an opportunity for Morneau to put

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will provide an update Wednesday on the status of his talks with Kinder Morgan to expedite the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion — but he is not expected to announce a deal.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Finance Minister Bill Morneau will give an update on his negotiations with Kinder Morgan over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion Wednesday.© Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press Finance Minister Bill Morneau will give an update on his negotiations with Kinder Morgan over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion Wednesday.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will give what a senior government official is calling a "major update" on the state of the Trans Mountain pipeline negotiations — on the same day that Kinder Morgan shareholders gather for their annual general meeting in Calgary.

A news conference scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday in Ottawa will be the first detailed update on the efforts to save the controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Morneau to work with Kinder Morgan to find a path forward.

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Finance Minister Bill Morneau will give an update on the state of negotiations with Kinder Morgan over the Trans Mountain pipeline project Wednesday , setting "But at least we are talking about the same sorts of things." Another senior government official said Morneau would offer a " major update .

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says if Kinder Morgan wants to abandon plans to build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, there are WATCH ABOVE: Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau outlined on Wednesday the three steps the federal government would take to encourage further

Kinder Morgan has threatened to abandon the project if a clear path forward isn't reached by May 31. The company's statement came after a months-long standoff between the British Columbia and Alberta governments, with B.C. working to block the pipeline for environmental reasons over Alberta's objections.

Ottawa has promised financial and political support for the project to help boost the economy and to send a message that Canada is a good place to invest.

However, other than repeating those public declarations of support, the federal government has said little about the state of the talks.

But a senior Alberta government official told CBC News late Tuesday that "Kinder Morgan is not making this easy."

Much at stake

The official, who spoke to CBC News on condition of anonymity, said there is "a lot to lose right now."

Trans Mountain pipeline supporters rally around Kinder Morgan

  Trans Mountain pipeline supporters rally around Kinder Morgan Nearly 100 supporters gathered outside the conference centre hosting the Kinder Morgan annual general meeting in downtown Calgary on Wednesday to show their unwavering support for the Trans Mountain pipeline amid uncertainty about whether the project will go forward. James Robson, spokesperson for rally organizers Canada Action says the group is dedicated to showing Canadians’ […]James Robson, spokesperson for rally organizers Canada Action says the group is dedicated to showing Canadians’ support for the project.

Finance minister says ‘this is an investment in Canada’s future’ and says pipeline will and must be built.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will provide an update Wednesday on the status of his talks with Kinder Morgan to expedite the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion — but he is not expected to announce a deal. Rather, Morneau is expected to articulate the broad strokes of how Ottawa sees a

Morneau's update comes as the May 31 deadline draws closer — and less than 24 hours after the prime minister gave an evasive answer on the state of talks during a visit to Calgary on Tuesday.

"We continue to work very, very hard, both visibly and behind the scenes," Trudeau said to reporters.

"When we have something to announce, you guys will be the first to know."

The timing of the Morneau update is important for another reason. With Kinder Morgan shareholders meeting Wednesday in Calgary, it's an opportunity for Morneau to put public pressure on the company.

Premier Notley spars with federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh over Trans Mountain .
Premier Rachel Notley wasn’t mincing words Wednesday after federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh chastised the federal Liberal government for subsidizing the fossil fuel industry, and in particular, offering a financial backstop to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Singh said at a rally in Ottawa that he simply can't support the project and wants it scrapped as it places too much liability on Canadian taxpayers. "There are talks of absorbing the risk of Kinder Morgan, which could put Canada, Canadians and the environment, to hold all the risk," he said.

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