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Bill Kelly: It’s time for Trudeau to end the Trans Mountain pipeline delay

The scene outside the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver as protesters demonstrated against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his decision to allow the expansion of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline on April 5, 2018.
The scene outside the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver as protesters demonstrated against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his decision to allow the expansion of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline on April 5, 2018. Global News

Winston Churchill once told an aspiring politician that it was good to have political enemies because it means you’ve taken a stand on an issue.

With that in mind, it’s time for Prime Minister Trudeau to make some political enemies in British Columbia and end the costly stalemate over the Trans Mountain pipeline.

READ MORE: Federal Liberal cabinet to hold emergency meeting Tuesday in bid to save Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

It’s clear by now that the B.C. NDP government is placing its political ideology ahead of the national interest and it’s blatantly clear that they have no intention of negotiating a solution.

The federal government has a number of options available to get the project back on track.

READ MORE: ‘A government openly in opposition’: Kinder Morgan CEO speaks on pipeline project

They could infuse a direct investment into the project, they could withhold federal funds to the B.C. government as punishment for delaying permits and their threats of further court action, or, they could assert federal constitutional authority over the project which would guarantee construction and the removal of protesters who attempt to block the project.

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Kinder Morgan has given the government until the end of May to resolve the stalemate and quell the concerns of investors.

This could well be the defining moment for the Trudeau government.

We need leaders who don’t just say the right thing but do the right thing.

The time for talk has long since passed. It’s time to take action on the pipeline.

Bill Kelly is the host of Bill Kelly Show on AM 900 CHML and a commentator for Global News

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