Citing a lack of confidence in the National Energy Board’s review, and lack of Indigenous consultation, the Federal Court of Appeal has shut down construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion for the time being.
Ironically, this comes on the same day Kinder Morgan shareholders voted 99 percent in favour of the 4.5-billion dollar sale to the federal government.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says the federal government needs to simply fix their mistake so taxpayers are not left out to dry.
Aaron Woodrick with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says this showed disregard for Canadians paying taxes.
“This government, by buying the pipeline, shifted the risk from private shareholders onto the backs of Canadians,” says Woodrick. “Now that there is money that’s going to be lost, it will be Canadians that are the ones losing.”
The proposed pipeline expansion would run from Burnaby to Edmonton.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is pulling her province out of the federal climate plan as a result of the decision.
Notley is also wanting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to call an emergency session of Parliament to fix the issue so that the pipeline can be built.
(With files from CKRM)