After a series of speeches in front of the Visitor's Information Centre, hundreds of marchers made their way along Wharf Street to Centennial Square, where they met many more participants.
"We want to ensure that our membership and the pipeline trades are engaged in the project", Cochrane said. The expansion would be a twinning of the existing 1,150-kilometre pipeline between Strathcona County near Edmonton in Alberta and Burnaby on the Pacific Coast in British Colombia.
During the call, Trudeau reiterated the federal government's jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines, and noted that the Government of Canada is confident that, with this agreement, it is upholding the trust Canadians have placed in the government to both grow the economy and protect the environment.
He added the purchasing consortium should also include an established pipeline company such as TransCanada Corp. or Enbridge Inc.to look after operations.
BC's opposition had almost killed the project...and still might finish it off despite the gamble by the federal government to nationalize the pipeline system. She is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.
Since being elected in 2015, the federal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has sought to balance a national climate change plan - including carbon pricing, emissions caps and investment in renewable energy - with the continued development of the oil sands, one of the country's largest economic engines. It didn't specify how it would spend the proceeds of the sale but did say it plans to continue to invest in Canada. All they needed was clarity and certainty from the government so they could get construction underway. "We will not stand down no matter who buys this ill-fated and exorbitantly priced pipeline".
But it remains to be seen if the federal government can bulldoze British Columbia into allowing the project to move forward.
Opposition and United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney said on Thursday he was still ready "to swallow the bitter pill" and support backing Alberta's $2-billion investment if it means the pipeline will be built.
The International Union of Operating Engineers, which has provided labour for the majority of National Energy Board approved pipeline projects in the last 60 years, has argued Kinder Morgan's approach would be detrimental to the quality and safety of the pipeline project, which is already a controversial venture. That case is still pending before the court.
Notley also rejected that using public funds to buy the pipeline was a waste. "And the way things are going, Ottawa might even have trouble finding a buyer for the pipeline down the road", said Moreau.