Prime Minister Justin Trudeau moved quickly to quash speculation that he may be softening on pipelines and readying to approve the Norther Gateway project as a way to boost Canada's slumping economy.
With a court mandated deadline of Thursday for the federal government to begin new talks with first nations affected by the pipeline or appeal the ruling, there has been some speculation that the Trudeau Liberals may alter their firm opposition to the project, something Trudeau denied during a news conference in Ottawa on Wednesday.
"As I've said many times The Great Bear Rainforest is no place for a crude oil pipeline," Trudeau said.
He said that the Harper government had been too much of a cheerleader for the oil industry and pipelines and said the Liberals will be a referee seeking to balance the economy and the environment.
Despite that claim, the Liberals have yet to approve any pipelines including those approved by the National Energy Board such as the Trans Mountain expansion. Instead the Liberals have added to the process with further reviews and more onerous requirements.