Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Money | By Bruce West

Al Gore Calls Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion 'A Step Backward'

Al Gore Calls Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion 'A Step Backward'

Alberta has already spent a total of $1.29 million on the ad campaign, and though the advertisements can be seen all across Canada, more than half that funding has gone into advertising in British Columbia - $700,000, to be exact.

Gore says he stands with B.C. Premier John Horgan, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and all of the other Canadians, including First Nations, who are fighting to stop the pipeline owned by Kinder Morgan.

The Keep Canada Working advertisement campaign launched by Alberta will see billboards, social media ads, and television and radio commercials aimed at directing Canadians to KeepCanadaWorking.ca, which features information on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline project.

She told reporters that bullying pipeline opponents is just not a successful tactic. The Federal Court of Appeal previously rejected appeals from the city and from the provincial government in March.

Ms. Notley said his remarks demonstrate "a tremendous lack of knowledge" about the country's wealth generators.

As a looming deadline on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion draws near, Alberta's premier is turning up the pressure to get it built in light of the BC government's opposition.

Alberta has started a new campaign in B.C. that hopes to highlight the benefits and "counter the misinformation, harassment and obstruction" that the Trans Mountain Pipeline project has faced.

The Alberta legislature is in the final stages of debate on Bill 12, which will give Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd power to throttle gasoline shipments to British Columbia.

Parties on both sides of the house voted on Wednesday to accept an Alberta Party amendment to put a two-year limit on the bill. Robertson claims the pipeline won't be built because Canada needs to get out from under its dependence on fossil fuels.

Notley says she can't divulge details of talks with Kinder Morgan, but says they are focused on the financial viability of the $7.4-billion project and on getting construction restarted this summer. "B.C. should be quite frankly careful what it asks for".

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