National Post: When it comes to Trans Mountain, Trudeau is on the right trail

When it comes to Trans Mountain, Trudeau is on the right trail

It was not inevitable that we should arrive at such a pass over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion: province divided against province, First Nation against First Nation, with the economic union and the rule of law as potential collateral damage. A debacle this big does not come about without years of hard work on all sides.

We should be clear on one thing: this is not a debate about a pipeline, or not any longer. It is about who decides.

Reasonable people will differ on the merits of Trans Mountain. But whatever anyone’s opinion, there is a lawful process for deciding these things, and lawful authority to decide them. In the present case, those lawful authorities are the National Energy Board, the federal cabinet, and the courts.

Whatever anyone’s concerns — economic, environmental, Aboriginal or other — that is the process by which those concerns are adjudicated. And that is the process that approved the pipeline: the NEB, the cabinet and the courts, all ruling in its favour (though not every legal appeal has been exhausted: a case is still before the Federal Court of Appeal on behalf of seven First Nations arguing they were not adequately consulted).

In this regard, the mix of measures emerging as federal strategy, belated as they are, show much promise.

The first: legislation explicitly asserting and defining federal authority over the pipeline, in some detail. That doesn’t abolish B.C.’s recourse to the courts — nothing can — but leaves less room for it to exploit any ambiguities about federal intentions.

The second: some form of financial backstop to Kinder Morgan, to assure it that its investment in a lawfully approved project will not be devalued, in whole or in part, by B.C.’s dilatory tactics. I have seen this denounced as a subsidy or bailout. The details will matter (a loan or equity stake would be inferior, for example, to a simple promissory note) but in principle it seems to me rather in the nature of compensation for expropriation — though it would be appropriate, in the event, for the feds to recoup any payout from B.C.

Andrew Coyne: When it comes to Trans Mountain, Trudeau is on the right trail | National Post
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So the leftie is on the right is he?

truth always comes out sooner or later.
It's probably Hilary Clinton's fault.
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PM Gerald Butts is behind the procrastination because he doesn't want to see it built, so it won't be. Proof of that is the fact the Trudeau is in Paris and not here trying to hammer out a solution. It's likely he's left Butts (an appropriate name btw) in charge which means nothing will be done.