Steve Kean, chairman and chief executive of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd., said the deal represents the best opportunity to complete the expansion project.
This, regardless of opposition from First Nations, who incidentally never ceded the rights to their lands to the Canadian government.
Buying the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline does not ensure the expansion project is built.
We are endeavouring to move positively into the next decades without further harming the Earth.
"We have demonstrated that despite the actions of one province trying to block this pipeline, the project is in the national interest and the jobs that will be assured and defended in this project are in an integral part of our plan to fight climate change and grow the economy for future generations", Trudeau said. In my opinion, it was also his final and fatal fall from grace.
Trudeau dispatched Morneau to negotiate a deal with Kinder Morgan in mid-April, a week after the company halted all non-essential spending on the $7.4-billion pipeline pending reassurances from Ottawa that opposition to the project was not going to prevent it from being completed.
The sale would include the expansion, related pipeline and terminal assets as well as the management team that was tasked with building the pipeline, the people said.
For that reason, the expansion proposal, which was OKed by the federal government in 2016, alarmed residents in the B.C.'s populous Vancouver area. "Given it will be stuck in court for a while, I don't think we will see this pipe built anytime soon".
Morneau stressed repeatedly the pipeline is commercially viable and profitable.
However Toronto energy lawyer Ian Blue said ownership doesn't change the fact that the Constitution clearly gives authority for pipelines to Ottawa and the Supreme Court has upheld the law to prevent provinces from doing anything that would "neutralize its essential function". For years, it transported standard crude oil without controversy.
Horgan said his concerns remain rooted in what he calls the limited scientific knowledge of how diluted bitumen behaves in water, as well as perceived gaps in prevention efforts and response plans in the event of a spill.
The issue has divided two Canadian provinces, pitting Alberta's government against leaders in British Columbia.
Trudeau argues the project went through several approvals, including an expanded environmental approval process that did more consultation with Indigenous communities and looked at additional environmental risks, including the affect on emissions of producing more oil to flow through the pipeline.
Notley's New Democrats have been pushing for Trans Mountain since they were elected in 2015.
The government's purchase price is reasonable if broken down into $3.5 billion for the existing pipeline and $1 billion to recoup money already spent on the expansion, said Richard Masson, former CEO of the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission and a fellow at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy.
Environment groups, meanwhile, accused the federal Liberals of abandoning their environmental promises.
The Prime Minister had other options.