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Canada Trudeau to meet Indigenous pipeline supporters

14:15  05 june  2018
14:15  05 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Justin Trudeau’s $4.5 billion Trans Mountain pipeline purchase met with a storm of criticism

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(Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press). The federal government must offer more than Kinder Morgan did and tread carefully with First Nations when building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, says an Indigenous committee monitoring the project. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Tuesday with the

Recent weeks have seen indigenous -led protests against the project heat up, sending thousands into the streets. On Sunday, Trudeau interrupted a foreign trip to meet the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia, reiterating his government’s determination to see the project completed.

a man standing in front of a building© Provided by thecanadianpress.com ROSEDALE, B.C. - The prime minister is expected to meet with Indigenous leaders in British Columbia today, including a First Nations chief who has been a vocal supporter of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Justin Trudeau will be in the Fraser Valley where he'll speak with the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee, a group that monitors existing pipelines and the construction of the Trans Mountain's expansion project.

The group includes Cheam First Nation Chief Ernie Crey, who has said the expansion project will benefit his community, located near Chilliwack, B.C.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended a meeting with some of the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee in the Stó:lō community of Cheam on Tuesday, and dozens of protesters Read More: Environmentalists and Indigenous Peoples React to Trudeau 's Pipeline Purchase.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Tuesday with the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee in Trudeau 's visit to western Canada on Tuesday was focused on the Trans Mountain pipeline as he later toured the BMO Field to have a different look Wednesday due to supporter group sanctions.

Last week, Crey told media outlets that his First Nation would consider buying a stake in the pipeline, depending on the circumstances and what's involved.

His comments followed the federal government's announcement that it will spend $4.5 billion to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan to ensure the expansion goes ahead.

A federal government source says more Indigenous groups support the Trans Mountain's expansion project than oppose it, and there's more of an opportunity for them to participate in the economic benefits of the project now that it will be owned by the government rather than a private company.

The source added "it's possible" that the government would backstop Indigenous groups to enable them to buy a stake in the pipeline or they could also be included in any market-driven offer to purchase it.

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  Trans Mountain protesters decry 'Justin Trudeau memorial pipeline' in Burnaby, B.C. Trans Mountain protesters in Burnaby have dubbed it the "Justin Trudeau memorial pipeline" in response to the federal government's decision to buy the project. Protesters there say they are now calling the project the "Justin Trudeau memorial pipeline.

The federal government must offer more than Kinder Morgan did and tread carefully with First Nations when building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, says an Indigenous committee monitoring the project.

The decision has sparked widespread condemnation from First Nations and environmental activists, who say that expanding the pipeline will increase pollution in Alberta’s tar sands region, endanger indigenous communities and increase Canada’s border crisis: Trump or Trudeau to blame?

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in Calgary last week that many parties have expressed interest in investing in the project, including Indigenous groups.

"We're not seeking to make a profit. We're seeking the ensure the project gets done, but we will always try and make sure the project presents a fair situation for Canadians,'' he said.

Several First Nations remain staunchly opposed the $7.4-billion expansion project, which would triple capacity of the pipeline running between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C.

Some Indigenous groups have launched legal challenges against the project, arguing Ottawa did not adequately consult First Nations communities before it was approved, violating their rights.

Trudeau is also scheduled to be in Edmonton later today, where he'll visit a Kinder Morgan terminal.

— With files from Joan Bryden in Ottawa.

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