A prominent economist is calling on the Trudeau government to hit “pause” on the Trans Mountain pipeline approval process, and soon.
“As soon as the minister of natural resources is appointed.”
Former ICBC CEO Robyn Allan says it makes no sense to allow the National Energy Board to continue hearings when the Liberals have pledged to overhaul the system.
“The process is broken, it will not deliver anything meaningful we all know it, but somehow the NEB and Kinder Morgan are behaving as if it’s business as usual. And that’s not only unfair, it’s a waste of time and resources.”
The NEB currently operates as an independent body, governed by it’s own legislation. But Allan says Trudeau’s fresh mandate means Ottawa shouldn’t shy away from overruling it now.
“The government has said it will not accept a report that comes out of this process, the government has every right and ability to step in and say: ‘we need to put the pause button on here, and make good on our promises.’ Totally appropriate.”
She has now written Trudeau asking he suspend the hearings as soon as he’s sworn in.
“The government has said it will not accept a report that comes out of this process, the government has every right and ability to step in and say ‘We need to put the pause button on here, and make good on our promises’… Totally appropriate.”
Allan was an expert intervenor in the NEB hearings but pulled out this spring citing a flawed process.
Asked for comment on the issue, Kinder Morgan provided a written statement.
Kinder Morgan Canada continues to advance its application for expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline with the National Energy Board, which is scheduled by the NEB to be completed in May of 2016. We look forward to briefing the new federal Liberal government about our project in the weeks ahead and working constructively with them to build important market access capacity while respecting the environment and First Nations.
Allan’s Letter to Prime Minister Designate Justin Trudeau