Notley to meet Trudeau Wednesday, hopes to talk Trans Mountain pipeline

Notley to meet Trudeau Wednesday, hopes to talk Trans Mountain pipeline

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley hopes to discuss the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline project when she meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday in Edmonton, CBC News has learned.

According to Trudeau's official itinerary, the meeting will take place Wednesday afternoon at  Edmonton's Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.

"We hope to talk about the Trans Mountain pipeline project and a possible path forward," said Cheryl Oates, communications director for the premier's office. 

Oates confirmed it will be the first discussion between the premier and the prime minister since a Federal Court of appeal ruling halted the project late last week. 

Hours after last Thursday's court ruling, Notley told a news conference that Alberta will not be a party to the pan-Canadian climate-change framework until construction of the pipeline restarts.

In a terse rebuke of the federal government's handling of the project review process, Notley called on the prime minister to recall Parliament for an emergency session to deal with the uncertainty over the pipeline project.

She also called on the federal government to immediately appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Notley said of the federal climate-change framework: "And let's be clear, without Alberta that plan isn't worth the paper it's written on."

While the prime minister and Finance Minister Bill Morneau have said the federal government continues to strongly support the pipeline project, Trudeau has not responded to Notley's plea to recall Parliament, and has not asked Canada's highest court to review the ruling. 

Trudeau is expected to attend several events in Edmonton, including a visit to NAIT and a Liberal fundraising function at the Delta Hotel Edmonton South on Wednesday evening. 

A Liberal Party of Canada news release said Trudeau will deliver "remarks to supporters" during the event, which will be open to the media. 

Edmonton MP Amarjeet Sohi said Alberta's withdrawal from the national climate-change strategy may hurt the pipeline in the long run.

In an interview Friday with CBC Radio's Edmonton AM, Sohi said the courts have made it clear that an effective climate strategy is critical for the approval of major natural resources projects under federal jurisdiction.

"In order to build a large project such as a pipeline, you need to have a very effective climate action plan, and you need to be mindful of your obligations to consult Indigenous peoples," Sohi said.

"Without those, you will not get a pipeline built."