"The prime minister mentioned he was a fan of mine", said Shoalts.
The prime minister said negotiations will get under way soon that could see hundreds of millions of taxpayers' money committed to the outcome.
In an interview with French business daily Les Echos ahead of a visit to Paris, Trudeau acknowledged that environmentalists were "concerned" by the Trans Mountain pipeline.
"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 said to reporters following the meeting with the premiers.
But his determination doesn't end there. They have yet to lay out a plan on how they will make that happen, over the opposition of B.C. residents, its government and some Indigenous Peoples along the proposed routing of the pipeline.
"We can not change everything in our economies overnight", Trudeau said. "For the economy. For hard-working Canadians who work in the industry", says Tim McMillan, the CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
Premier Scott Moe did not take long to react saying he is disappointed in Trudeau's take. It's also sparked a dispute between the provinces of Alberta, which has the world's third-largest oil reserves, and British Columbia.
On Sunday, Horgan did meet in the nation's capital to discuss the pipeline with Notley and Trudeau. He can't reconcile the Trudeau who promises reconciliation and partnership with First Nations, with the leader he now describes as more concerned with the welfare of a USA -based oil company.
"I do think it's disconcerting the timeline came from a Texas-based company and not a sovereign government".
However, U.S. pipelines are not without their foes, as the massive protests against Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access pipeline demonstrated in 2016. Less trust in the Liberal government.
"Except they've taken off the table use of the Constitutional Declaratory Power to bring legal certainty, they've taken off the power a...federal government court reference to the Supreme Court of Canada to steal the march on John Horgan's legal delay tactics in British Columbia and they've taken off the table the most obvious leverage the feds have, which is the power of the purse", he said.
Horgan arrives on Parliament Hill before the meeting.
Both TransCanada's Keystone XL - which will run from Hardisty, Alta., to Steele City, Neb., - and Enbridge's Line 3 - which links Hardisty to Superior, WI - should avoid the political pitfalls that have sunk Energy East and Northern Gateway and have put Trans Mountain in doubt, said Zachary Rogers, a research analyst at Wood Mackenzie. "And that's why the jurisdictional question is so critically important".
Sunday's meeting proved incapable of finding a solid solution, though Trudeau stated in a press conference following the meeting that the federal government is now engaged in conversation with Kinder Morgan about the financial security of the project.
He's prepared to go to court again depending on the what's in the legislation Alberta and Ottawa propose.
Notley and Horgan have been at odds on the issue for months, with tensions coming to a head in late January when the BC government announced plans to restrict the amount of bitumen that flows to its shores - restrictions that would essentially halt the expansion.