Prime Minister reportedly instucts pipeline strategy

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — There are suggestions that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued instructions for a pipeline strategy to be a top priority for his government, according to the National Post.The story states that he’s been convinced by senior cabinet voices that pipelines have to be built in order to achieve the government’s economic growth targets.Thus, Ottawa is reportedly ready to push forward with plans to make realities — both Energy East Pipeline construction and Trans-Mountain Pipeline expansion.- Advertisement -It’s anticipated the Kinder Morgan expansion application will be addressed first, and a decision could be announced by Christmas.Opposition to the project is said to be greatest here BC where an Angus Reid survey at the end of 2014 suggested there was only 46 per cent support for the Trans-Mountain expansion plan.The current B.C. government opposes it, and with the next provincial election just over a year away, the Federal Liberals are conscious of the fact that the B.C. Liberals will need to be wooed.Advertisement However, it’s anticipated Ottawa could engineer a deal to meet a number of the five requirements that Premier Clark has steadfastly insisted need to be fulfilled to win her government’s approval.Meantime, the PM continues to play down a regional spilt on the Energy East project, and notes while it has only about 50 percent backing in Quebec, it has strong support — not only in the western oil-producing provinces, but also in Atlantic Canada, where the Grits hold every seat in the Commons.It also notes Quebec’s desire for another $1 billion federally for the multinational aerospace company, Bombardier, could be a major bargaining chip when it comes to persuading that province to soften its pipeline opposition.Still, since he’s established credibility on the environmental file, the Prime Minister will have to perform a delicate balancing act on the pipeline file. To that end he’s expected to argue any increase in Western Canadian production will be offset by declines in less environmentally friendly overseas production.Advertisementlast_img

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