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NDP questions why Trans Mountain buy not in spending estimates

By Emily Haws      

Funding for the $4.5-billion pipeline purchase was handled as a transfer between Crown corporations, says the Treasury Board Secretariat.

Treasury Board President Scott Brison testified Nov. 1 at the House Government Operations and Estimates Committee about the first of the year's supplementary estimates, which he tabled Oct. 24. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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The NDP is questioning why the multi-billion-dollar Trans Mountain pipeline purchase isn’t in the first round of extra government spending requests, saying it impedes Parliamentarians' ability to ensure transparency and accountability of taxpayers' money. But the Liberals say the purchase is being handled as a loan between two Crown corporations. To facilitate the planned expansion, which would twin the existing 1,150-kilometre pipeline that runs from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., the federal government announced in May it would buy

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