In the wake of the federal government's decision to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan, industry analysts and climate groups agree on at least one thing: The political battle over the expansion of the contentious pipeline is not over.
Finance minister Bill Morneau has said that he is prepared for Ottawa to own the pipeline in the interim, and that the project is being marketed to potential future buyers.
Morneau said in return, the company will move forward with its plan to twin the pipeline this summer, while the sale is finalized, which is expected to happen in August.
The Liberal government is hoping to entice another company to take over the project but if not, cabinet ministers have said they will move ahead with the pipeline expansion at a cost likely to top $7 billion, all at taxpayers' expense.
He said any deal to sell the Kinder Morgan assets must also be fair to Canadian taxpayers.
Kamloops Chamber of Commerce president Joshua Knaak said he was shocked by the announcement. He called for confidence to be restored in Canada.
"I trust that they will do that", she said.
North American oil prices are marching toward $65 United States a barrel this month, giving the industry a boost after the market collapsed three years ago. He adds the feds really didn't have much of a choice after Kinder Morgan issued a deadline for certainty in the project. Polls suggest that most Canadians support the construction of the pipeline, including more than half of the residents of B.C.
According to McLeod, the project should have been left in the private marketplace.
"This is a declaration of war against indigenous people because they're not recognizing our own sovereignty", says Kanahus Manuel, a Secwepemc midwife and mother of four.
On Tuesday, B.C. Premier John Horgan vowed to continue to fight the pipeline in court. "That is wrong is so many ways".
However, the British Columbian government said Tuesday it wasn't backing down.
He says what's important is that government is there to help. Ottawa will buy the pipeline and all of Kinder Morgan's core assets for $4.5-billion, including pumping stations and rights of way along the route between Edmonton and Vancouver, as well as the marine terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Twenty-nine kilometres of the pipeline runs through Kamloops.
The Government of Canada isn't planning to hold on to the project, and will look for investors to transfer ownership once it's completed. "It polarized us. That is not who we are", he said.
Many demonstrators are outraged with people calling the decision to use tax payer money to save the project 'ridiculous, ' reported News 1130.
The government will also offer federal loan guarantees to ensure construction of the expansion continues through the 2018 season as part of the deal with the company, a unit of Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc (KMI.N).
Still, the federal government approved the pipeline in November 2016, on the condition that it meet 157 conditions related to its impact on Indigenous communities, environmental impacts and myriad other areas.
"Canada stands to sacrifice its worldwide reputation, irreplaceable iconic species like the Southern resident Killer Whales, and its commitments to meet its Paris Climate targets and to reconcile with Indigenous people - all while putting enormous risk on Canadian taxpayers".