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Three federal Opposition parties suggest to halt expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline

BY , Feb 19, 2020 10:16 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Federal opposition parties are promising new information about the costs of the Trans Mountain pipeline in a morning news conference in Ottawa. Pipe for the Trans Mountain pipeline is unloaded in Edson, Alta., Tuesday, June 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Three federal Opposition parties are calling on the Trudeau government to halt expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline from the Edmonton area to port in Burnaby.

Members of the N-D-P, Green party and Bloc Quebecois made the joint appeal this morning, arguing a recent poll shows Canadians are alarmed at the multi-billion dollar price hike for the work.

The federal government bought the unfinished project from Kinder Morgan in 2018 for 4.5-billion dollars and planned to complete the twinning at a total cost of 7.4-billion dollars but recent estimates have pushed completion costs to nearly 13-billion dollars.

The Opposition parties say a recent survey of more than one-thousand people identified increasing reluctance to spend the billions required to update the pipeline.

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