Yesterday Justin Trudeau approved two new pipeline projects, and killed a third.
Line 3 was an easy one: It’s a replacement of an existing pipeline, making it more safe and efficient. That means $7.5 billion in construction, mostly on the Canadian side.
But yesterday Trudeau killed the Northern Gateway pipeline. It was a beautiful $10 billion idea — a pipeline 10 per cent owned by Indian bands, with construction jobs set aside for them. So once again, Aboriginal people pay the price for Greenpeace activism. This cancellation is a disgrace.
(Part of that disgrace is owned by Harper’s Conservatives; the Northern Gateway was delayed for years in an absurd hearing process that they allowed to be hijacked by environmental activists…)
Trudeau approved one more proposal yesterday:
The Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion.
All the anti-pipeline activist groups, all foreign funded, worked in the last campaign to get Trudeau elected. Now they’re mad at him. They’ll sue to stop this pipeline expansion.
Stephen Harper’s Conservatives didn’t have the will to put a shovel in the ground.
I’m not sure if Justin Trudeau does.
More to the point, I don’t think he wants to.
NEXT: Garnett Genuis, author of "The Fight for a Principled Foreign Policy: Commentary and Select Speeches from my First Year in Parliament," joins me to discuss Trudeau's foreign affairs faux pas.
THEN: Broadcaster John Gormley and I continue to speculate on what's next for Canadian pipeline projects.
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