Trudeau's vow came after his meeting Sunday with B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, where the prime minister said his government has the authority to ensure the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proceeds.
He's offering few details, however, saying the negotiations will not take place in public.
"What is wonderful to me is that there's so much mythology that's part of the discourse - a lot of it coming from Rachel Notley, but some things are being parroted in the mainstream media analysis about what the various governments can or cannot do", said Lee, who is also co-director of the Climate Justice Project, a research partnership with the University of British Columbia's School of Community and Regional Planning.
"That could go on for well over a year, and we effectively have until the end of May when the board of Kinder Morgan will make a decision as to whether to go ahead, and the strategy of the B.C. government has been to kill the project by delay", Beatty said.
"We are responding to this situation".
"This stuff about Alberta blocking oil shipments going to British Columbia is just utter garbage".
The chasm between them did not go unacknowledged by the prime minister.
"The federal government can't buy off the opposition to this failing pipeline. the resistance continues to grow", said Mike Hudema of Greenpeace Canada.
"But, at a day-to-day level, it still seems like a 50-50 shot", that the Kinder Morgan expansion will go ahead, Moscrop said.
But Morneau and Carr have made clear that they are considering regulatory, financial and legal options to get the project back on the rails.
"The federal government, along with the government of Alberta, has commenced discussions with Kinder Morgan to establish a financial relationship that will eliminate investor risk", Notley said. "It will be built", Trudeau said.
Trudeau said that his government continues to engage with Indigenous communities "who still have questions and concerns".
Phillip praised Premier John Horgan for standing up for British Columbians while trying to protect the environment.
It has been a week since Kinder Morgan announced it was halting all non-essential spending on the plan to build a second, bigger pipeline parallel to the existing one between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C. The company gave the Trudeau government until the end of May to reassure its investors the pipeline would be built, despite mounting opposition.
Horgan, who argues the risk of a spill in waters off Vancouver is too great, has rejected evidence he has little legal power to block a federally approved project.
Horgan's news conference was barely over before Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was at the podium, laying the blame for the impasse squarely at the prime minister's feet.
Kenney said this inaction simply shows the total failure of the Liberal NDP strategy to defend Canada's energy industry.
"His damaging policies. have only led to more uncertainty and instability in Canada's resource sector", Scheer said, describing an energy sector that is now convinced that "Justin Trudeau does not want their business in Canada".
"That is good, because the project is in the national interest", she said.
But he said, "Canadians and people around the world know that we can not choose between what is good for the environment and good for the economy".
Notley said she left the "frank discussion" feeling "quite confident" that, should the planned talks between Morneau and Kinder Morgan be successful, "the pipeline will be built".