May 29, 2018

There is a lot to say about today's announcement that the Liberal government is ready to buy the Kinder Morgan pipeline and expansion for $4.5 billion. 

For starter's, no

The majority of people are against using public money to bail out the Kinder Morgan pipeline, let alone buy the project out right. The decision puts us on the line to cover costs of further delays and failure to proceed in the face of legal challenges and on the ground resistance to the project. 

Building the pipeline would violate Indigenous rights (over half of the Indigenous communities along the path have not signed an agreement or are actively opposed), is inconsistent with the Paris Climate Agreement and threatens waterways and the West Coast with a diluted bitumen spill.

May 29, 2018

The Council of Canadians called on the Indigenous Services minister, the Environment minister (seen in this photo), the Prime Minister, and at least twelve other cabinet ministers early this morning to stop Kinder Morgan.

The Council of Canadians and allies called out to at least half of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet early this morning as they arrived on Parliament Hill for a 7:30 am cabinet meeting on the controversial 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan pipeline.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is now announcing that the federal government has come to an agreement with Texas-based Kinder Morgan - subject to the approval of Kinder Morgan shareholders - for the federal government to purchase the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion infrastructure for $4.5 billion.

There are outstanding questions about how much more money the federal government will spend on the construction of the pipeline that it says will begin this summer, as well as legal, indemnification and likely clean-up costs.

May 29, 2018

A major decision on the controversial 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan pipeline is expected this morning.

The Globe and Mail reports, "Federal officials were locked in negotiations with Kinder Morgan late Monday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepared to meet with cabinet ahead of the company’s fast-approaching [May 31] deadline to decide the fate of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion."

The Canadian Press adds that there appears to be three options on the table:
1- "the government buying and building the expansion, then selling it once it’s complete"
2- "buying it on an interim basis, then selling it to investors and leaving them to handle the construction"
3- "leaving original project architect Kinder Morgan to handle construction, but covering any cost overruns incurred as a result of political interference"

May 28, 2018

Leo Cheverie and Anna Kennan say goodbye to the P.E.I. Coalition for Proportional Representation and hello to the P.E.I. Proportional Representation Network in this video. To find out how to get involved in the new PR Network, please click here.

The Council of Canadians P.E.I. chapter is a member of the P.E.I. Coalition for Proportional Representation which had been planning to organize around a referendum on proportional representation that will take place at the same time as the next provincial election, which is scheduled for October 7, 2019.

The Guardian now reports, "The P.E.I. Coalition for Proportional Representation is calling foul over the province's upcoming referendum on electoral reform. The coalition announced Monday it will disband effective Thursday as a response to 'repressive rules' in the Electoral Systems Referendum Act."

May 26, 2018

Emergency Rally to stop Kinder Morgan at Parliament Hill on May 22, 2018
The Council of Canadians held a rally at Parliament Hill on May 22nd, 2018 to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline and the federal government's plan to give the Texas-based company public money to secure the project's completion. 

As Kinder Morgan’s May 31 decision deadline for their Trans Mountain Expansion project approaches, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and her NDP government are doubling down on how ardently they can support the pipeline. In addition to recent announcements that she will shut off oil exports to B.C, leave the federal agreement on carbon pricing, and skip key intergovernmental meetings like the Western premiers conference if the project continues to be stalled, Notley has been busy promoting the Kinder Morgan pipeline in a series of tweets, speeches, and interviews. Unfortunately her talking points are at best misleading and at worst patently false.