Justin Trudeau defied the odds, and probably even his chief adviser Gerald Butts, and approved the TransMountain pipeline expansion by Kinder Morgan.
The proposed project will expand capacity three fold and get around 900,000/bpd of our Alberta gold to tidewater here in Vancouver so we can finally begin receiving full value for our product as we open up export markets in Asia.
Despite all the reasons to approve this project, I acknowledge the tough decision it must have been for Trudeau and give him credit for taking such a large political risk on this polarizing issue.
With the significant increase in seats Trudeau and the Liberals saw in the last election, it would have been all too easy for him to reject this pipeline in an attempt to keep those gains, but yesterday during his announcement he spoke well, outlining clearly why this project is being approved and why it’s necessary for our nation.
Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberals have a chance to achieve something Stephen Harper and the Conservatives could not; to get construction of an export oil pipeline underway.
The key has always been getting our oil to new markets, and that is what this pipeline
Now we all have to hope that he and his cabinet will step up to this challenge and not let this pipeline die in a court of law or in the court of public opinion.
We’re in this together now and we won't let a noisy minority get in the way of moving our nation forward and bringing Ethical Canadian oil to Asian markets.