Canada's federal government bought the Trans Mountain pipeline previous year from Kinder Morgan Inc. after the company threatened to cancel plans to expand the line amid fierce opposition from British Columbia, including from First Nations in the province. "We're happy with the response", said Chief Tony Alexis of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation near Edmonton, a leader of the Iron Coalition hoping to organize a coalition of Alberta Metis and First Nations to bid for an equity stake in the pipeline.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has given the green light for a second time to a $5.5 billion pipeline expansion that has attracted strong opposition from environmentalists and some indigenous groups.
"I think the champagne corks will come out if there's a feeling there won't be legal challenges that can stop the pipeline from being built", he said.
Coquitlam will be pushing hard to make sure it's compensated for costs associated with construction of the now approved Trans Mountain Pipeline through the city's industrial corridor, says Mayor Richard Stewart.
The Liberals previously approved the expansion in 2016 but that decision was overturned a year ago after a court ruled the government had not adequately consulted indigenous groups.
Afterwards, Hamilton said he interrupted the rally because he wants to defend the land along the B.C. coast where his Indigenous ancestors have lived for generations.
But the government's plan to complete the project hit a wall in August 2018, courtesy of a Federal Court of Appeal ruling.
Trudeau's government first approved it in 2016, and he was so determined to see it built the government bought the pipeline. "We will be appealing the decision to the Federal Court of Appeal".
Following the announcement, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer criticized Trudeau for failing to provide a timetable for construction.
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Of course, many Canadians are skeptical about the sincerity of Trudeau's promises attached to the controversial pipeline project.
The approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has sharpened divisions between Canada's indigenous communities, with some fiercely opposing the line and others seeking to own it.
Mr Trudeau's government had approved it in 2016, saying it was in the "national interest" to ease Canada's reliance on the United States market, boost local production and get a better price for its crude oil.
Nearly a year after buying the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion, the Liberal cabinet late Tuesday gave the green light to the project, which could add 590,000 barrels of daily shipping capacity, a 15 per cent boost to Western Canada's current capacity.
He also said the province will issue permits to the Trans Mountain project if they are lawful and that his government will not obstruct the project that way. Trudeau called both B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to inform them of the decision Tuesday.
Various business councils and chambers of commerce also expressed support for Trudeau's decision today, saying eventual completion of the project would lead to more jobs, economic growth and increased investments.
"However, First Nations also need to be involved in the ongoing construction and environmental management of the project as the best way to ensure that their Aboriginal and treaty rights to their reserves and other traditional territories are met, and environmental concerns are ensured to be handled effectively".
"One is the federal government declared a climate emergency yesterday, so that's going to put some impetus under their future decisions", she said. Western Canada's oil production has expanded faster than pipeline capacity, causing a glut of crude to build up. Fundamentally, this isn't a choice between producing more conventional energy or less. "We're pretty excited about the fact that there are no limits to Indigenous ownership", he said.