Morneau unveils principles for Indigenous ownership in Trans Mountain pipeline

first_imgCALGARY – Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the government remains committed to putting the Trans Mountain pipeline and its proposed expansion back in private hands as he unveiled four principles for including Indigenous groups in those discussions.Today, in Calgary, I’m speaking to business leaders about why investing in the middle class means building a better Canada and a stronger Alberta — where more people can find good jobs, own their home and save for retirement. pic.twitter.com/SqKd1oq0z6— Bill Morneau (@Bill_Morneau) March 25, 2019But he says timing and details of the sale of the pipeline depends on when it is “de-risked” and therefore can’t be determined until consultations now underway with affected Indigenous groups are completed.RELATED: Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples key theme in Liberal pre-election budgetThe minister says discussions of potential Indigenous ownership could proceed if the communities would have “meaningful economic participation”, if the deal can proceed in the spirit of reconciliation, and if the resulting entity works to the benefit of all Canadians and on a commercial basis.First question is about Alberta feeling alienated. Morneau says they are focusing on this provide, committed to growing energy industry cleanly. #yyc #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/qE6UDyGLQU— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) March 25, 2019Morneau is in Calgary to promote last week’s federal budget. His next stops are in Vancouver and Edmonton.Chanting and honking horns could be heard from a large gathering of pro-pipeline picketers across the street from the Fairmont Palliser hotel while Morneau spoke to the Economic Club of Canada.A question about the Alberta election now from a colleague. The question is how Morneau feels about Notley not getting a photo of for starting TMX construction. Morneau says it’s not really his position to comment— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) March 25, 2019In his speech, he said Ottawa realizes that resource-dependent provinces like Alberta have different economic challenges than others and vowed to continue to implement measures that encourage confidence and optimism.last_img