May 17, 2018 9:20 am

Scott Thompson: Can the sunny ways PM get a pipeline built under stormy skies?

Protesters hold a banner as a transport truck attempting to deliver heavy equipment to Kinder Morgan sits idle as others block a gate at the company's property in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, March 19, 2018. The federally approved Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion has been put on hold due to opposition.

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Trans Mountain pipeline builder Kinder Morgan stopped all non-essential work until May 31 because of the uncertainty created by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s inability to get the fully approved pipeline expansion built from northern Alberta to southern British Columbia tidewater.

Not only has this pitted one western province against another, it has created uncertainty about future energy self-sufficiency and revenue for the entire country.

READ MORE: Alberta to pass Bill 12 Wednesday; Notley ‘prepared to turn off the taps’ over Trans Mountain

Finance Minister Bill Morneau held a press conference Wednesday reaffirming the Liberals’ desire to get the pipeline built and Canada’s natural resources to market, but made no mention of when Prime Minister Trudeau will do anything but keep reaffirming his position while sitting on the fence.

Morneau said if Kinder Morgan doesn’t want to jump on board, there are plenty of others who will, but didn’t say whom.


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WATCH ABOVE: Morneau outlines three steps being taken to promote Trans Mountain

That sounds like Kinder Morgan is bailing on a fully approved, fully paid for pipeline that we are now offering big incentives and securities for others to buy into because another is walking away.

It sounds like smart business on Kinder Morgan’s part, and really bad planning and execution on that of the federal Liberals.

Sooner or later, the sunny ways selfie PM has to do more than bring the parties together and smile for the cameras.

READ MORE: Trudeau grilled on Kinder Morgan as pipeline project’s deadline looms

Trudeau has to back it up by making the tough calls for everybody, and not just appeal to the fringe special interest groups that make us feel warm and fuzzy.

It’s about being a leader, not just a front man.

Scott Thompson is the host of The Scott Thompson Show on Global News Radio 900CHML and a commentator for Global News.

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