OTTAWA — The federal government will intervene in the court in the reference case of British Columbia on the expansion project of $ 7.4 billion $ of the oil pipeline of Trans Mountain, revealed Thursday that the minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould.
The issue before the Court of appeal of British Columbia aims to determine if the provincial government has the jurisdiction to regulate the transportation of oil on its territory, a key issue in the political battle over the project.
Ms. Wilson-Raybould has shown to have good hope that the position of Ottawa wins and has said that the government would intervene in order to defend the “clear competency” of the federal Parliament with respect to pipelines crossing provincial borders.
While the company behind the project, Kinder Morgan, has stopped its investments in the expansion of the oil pipeline and given until 31 may to Ottawa to clarify the situation, the federal government continues to support the extension of the pipeline with force.
The prime minister Justin Trudeau has promised that the pipeline would be built and has asked his minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, to discuss with Kinder Morgan to find a financial solution that provide certainty to costs to investors.
Mr. Trudeau has also indicated that a legislative measure would reaffirm the authority of the federal government to advance a project perceived as being in the interest of the country.
The premier of British Columbia, John Horgan, has already said he would use all of the tools necessary to stop the pipeline project, arguing that his government has every right to protect its residents, its economy and its environment from the threat posed by a potential oil spill.