NDP Calls for Supreme Court Reference Over Trans Mountain Dispute

April 12, 2018 9:46 am Last Updated: April 12, 2018 9:46 am

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling for a Supreme Court reference question from B.C. and Ottawa to help resolve the dispute over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Singh says a joint reference is an “efficient way” forward.

The federal government won’t negotiate an end to the Trans Mountain pipeline crisis in public, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Wednesday as he prepared to sit down with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in hopes of getting the Kinder Morgan project back on track.

The federal New Democrats, meantime, proposed that the Trudeau Liberals work with the British Columbia government on a joint reference question to the Supreme Court of Canada, to fast-track resolution of jurisdictional issues arising from B.C.’s objections to the project.

Morneau said Ottawa is looking at several “financial options” to ensure the Alberta-B.C. pipeline expansion gets built, including a potential federal monetary stake in the project. But any federal investment in the pipeline would first require closed-door talks with Kinder Morgan and the two provinces, Morneau said.

“That will require us to talk with the project proponent,” Morneau told a Toronto news conference.

“That will require us to talk with the provinces, and we’re not going to negotiate in public or talk about those options publicly at this stage.”