Trudeau spoke at the end of a remarkable eight-hour stopover in the national capital, an unscheduled break from his overseas trip to accommodate the last-minute summit with B.C.'s John Horgan, who has staked his government's survival on opposing the pipeline, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, whose province's economic health depends on it.
"I have instructed the minister of finance to initiate formal financial discussions with Kinder Morgan, the result of which will be to remove the uncertainty overhanging the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project", Trudeau told reporters.
Kinder Morgan officials declined to comment but the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said it was happy with the clarity given Sunday.
Trudeau said the pipeline was approved by his government in 2016 after a rejigged environmental assessment and Indigenous consultation process, and only in concert with the Liberals' climate change and oceans protection plan. But Horgan emerged re-asserting his government's opposition to the pipeline.
A government motion would "add the moral authority of Parliament, and force members of Parliament from all parties to take a position and make it clear whether Canada is one country or 13", said Beatty.
Political scientists were happy to see there was no federal bullying, no threats to withhold transfer payments aimed at infrastructure projects in B.C. for instance.More news: Shark attacks surfer in Western Australia
"The imminent Mexican elections and the upcoming American midterms means that we have a certain amount of pressure to try and move forward successfully in the coming weeks", the prime minister said.
Kinder Morgan, meanwhile, has given Trudeau until the end of May to find a solution that would provide their investors a measure of confidence that the project would be allowed to proceed. Trudeau made it clear Sunday that Horgan and his government are the ones wholly responsible for the impasse.
"What is awesome 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 is why we're at this point right now".
He also stated that his government will be exploring legislation that would put decisions regarding the pipeline more firmly in the hands of the federal government.
Except Indigenous communities, he added, who as usual were not at the table.More news: US and allies punish Assad with strikes
Kathryn Harrison, a UBC political scientist and senior associate dean of arts, said no one was really expecting much out of the meeting. Dilbit spilled into Michigan's Kalamazoo River from an Enbridge pipeline in 2010 cost billions to clean up, with parts of the river closed for years afterwards.
"That is good, because the project is in the national interest", she said. "The federal government is there to ensure that the national interest is upheld", Trudeau said.
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer also held a press conference to express his concerns about Trudeau's handling of the pipeline dispute.
"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".
"It became very clear that the level of polarization around this debate required significant measures", Trudeau told reporters in Lima when asked why he chose to call the meeting between Notley and Horgan after the government initially resisted the idea. He said government investment in the project would do nothing to solve B.C.'s continuing opposition.
Horgan is not the only vocal opponent of the project, however.More news: Pravin Togadia quits VHP after his nominee loses election for president
At the legislature Sunday, Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel said Ottawa already has the jurisdiction it needs.