Across the country, Canadians have been watching the ongoing saga of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. Major political leaders have been arrested and wine has been banned.
This definitely makes for interesting headlines, but things are getting serious.
This month Kinder Morgan Canada suspended all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain expansion project and set a May 31 deadline to reach agreements with stakeholders.
“Every day that goes by without commencement of the project is further delay, more cost, and the possibility of the cancellation of the Trans Mountain pipeline and that is why we feel strongly that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to show leadership on this file,” explained Robert Blakely, COO of the Canadian Building Trades Unions.
The Canadian Building Trades Unions are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to hold an emergency meeting by bringing the Kinder Morgan Pipeline stakeholders to the table.
The Canadian Building Trades Unions represents over 500,000 construction trade workers in Canada. Although they were never included by Kinder Morgan Canada, they still want this project to move forward for the betterment of Canada and its economy.
“The last several months has seen unfortunate statements and behavior by certain individuals and this project is too important to our country and our economy to see this happen,” said Blakely
He called for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to bring together the Premier of British Columbia, the Premier of Alberta, CEO of Kinder Morgan Canada and all other relevant stakeholders.
On Thursday, Justin Trudeau announced he will meet Sunday with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and B.C. Premier John Horgan.
In 2016 the Federal government approved the project, and in early 2017 then B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced her support. Once NDP leader John Horgan became premier in 2017, things changed.
According to Kinder Morgan Canada, the Project would create approximately 15,000 construction jobs and the equivalent of 37,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs per year of operations.
They state that producers will see $73.5 billion in increased revenues over 20 years.