Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet on Tuesday affirmed the National Energy Board’s findings that building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is in the national interest, creating thousands of jobs and making tens of billions for the federal government.
It was a critical next step for a much-delayed pipeline project that is designed to carry nearly one million barrels of oil from Alberta through British Columbia to the west coast.
The government first approved building the project over two years ago, but that decision was nullified by the federal court of appeal over the lack of adequate consultations with Indigenous Peoples.
Trudeau pledged that all money earned from the government-owned pipeline — about $500 million a year — would be directed to investments in unspecified clean energy projects and when the pipeline is eventually sold, all profit will head to renewable energy transition initiatives. 2022
The message given by Trudeau: The government wants the money generated by a pipeline to reinvest in green energy projects. The approval came less than 24 hours after the ruling Liberals passed a non-binding motion declaring a climate emergency.
The federal Liberal government said that it will now begin the process of meeting with various Indigenous groups who are interested in buying the pipeline and is open to selling as much as 100 per cent of its stake to First Nations, Métis and Inuit investors, as the government does not want to own the project long-term.
‘Canadians won’t fall for it’
“The Liberal government is clearly trying to play both sides to gain points with voters,” New Democrat nominee Andy McCann-Pappin said in response to an inquiry from The Post on Tuesday night.
“They declare a climate emergency to try and win the left then less than 24 hours later approve an emissions-increasing pipeline. It’s further proof that Trudeau’s priorities when it comes to the climate crises are out of whack and Canadians won’t fall for it.”
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