Ottawa could offer incentives to get B.C. to cave on Trans Mountain

Ottawa could offer incentives to get B.C. to cave on Trans Mountain
From CBC - February 10, 2018

The minister of natural resources said Friday he's not closing the door to offering incentives to British Columbia in an effort to cool the heated battle raging over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Alberta and B.C. are clashing over the Kinder Morgan projectand the blows have turned inward, towardthe provincial economies.

Last week, B.C. Premier John Horganproposed restrictions on bitumen shipments that would flow through the pipeline from Alberta to the West Coast. In response, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley pulled her province back from purchasing hydro and wine from its western neighbour.

Relations have gotten so bad, the prime minister and federal cabinet have stepped in.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised the expansion will be built, regardless of pushback from the provinces.

His natural resources minister agrees.

"We have made it as clear as we can that no provincial government can infringe upon federal jurisdiction," Jim Carr told CBC Radio's The House.

In spite of the bad blood, Carr has not ruled out offering B.C. incentives in exchange for allowingthe project to proceed quickly.

"Conversations are going on," he said. "You always have to assume in this business that people are reasonable."

It's not clear what those incentives might look like.

Lines drawn in the sand

While Ottawa brainstorms ways to settle the dispute, B.C. officials continue to dig in their heels.

No amount of incentives will coerce the British Columbiagovernment into backing down from its fight against the Trans Mountain project, said Andrew Weaver, the B.C.Green party leader.

No legal basis for B.C.'s fight


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