Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government has the authority to ensure the Trans Mountain pipeline is built and is taking financial and legislative actions to make it happen.
"I have instructed the minister of finance to initiate formal financial discussions with Kinder Morgan, the result of which will be to remove the uncertainty overhanging the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project," Trudeau said after meeting with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and B.C. Premier John Horgan in Ottawa.
Trudeau said the financial discussions with Kinder Morgan will not be in public but that "construction will go ahead."
"I have also informed premiers Notley and Horgan today that we are actively pursuing legislative options that will assert and reinforce the government of Canada's jurisdiction in this matter which we know we clearly have," he added.
In laying out his plan Trudeau stopped short of saying his government was taking a financial stake in the pipeline but said that when he has more details of the financial arrangement he would release them to Canadians.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who came to Ottawa to meet with Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan, had revealed earlier that discussions have begun with Kinder Morgan.
Horgan left the meeting saying that he would continue to push for the "gaps" in the federal government's oceans' protections plan even though he could not find common ground on the environmental impacts of the pipeline.
Trudeau met with the B.C. and Alberta premiers in Ottawa earlier today in an effort to find a resolution to the standoff over the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline has wrapped up.