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Trudeau suggests BC NDP, Greens are wrong about Trans Mountain

Last Updated May 19, 2017 at 1:26 pm PST

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks in Surrey. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Prime minister takes strong stance against the Greens, NDP which don't support a pipeline expansion project

Trudeau says his government will not waver in its support for the Trans Mountain pipeline

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – The prime minister is suggesting two BC political parties, hoping to be declared victors in the provincial election, are wrong when it comes to their stance on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

At a stop in Surrey this morning, he was asked by NEWS 1130 about how he would work with members of the BC Green Party and New Democrats as we wait to learn the final results of last week’s election. Both parties have come out strongly against the project.

“I think it’s very clear and it’s become very clear over the past year and a half that Canadians understand that we need to both protect the environment and build a better economy at the same time. Anyone proposing a false choice around that is wrong. We look forward to working with people right across the country on exactly those issues. Issues that matter to British Columbians, issue that matter to all Canadians. I think this government, federally, has demonstrated its capacity to work constructively with a broad range of approaches across the provincial level and we will continue to focus on what is good for British Columbians and good for Canadians and emphasize where we agree. [Whether it’s on] both economy and environment going together or whether it’s on creating greater benefits for families who need it through things like the Canada Child Benefit that we’re highlighting today.”

Both the Greens and NDP feel the pipeline is not the right project for BC and made it well-known during the provincial election campaign, partially concerned with the potential of a spill.

Trudeau says his government has struck a balance between the environment and the economy in approving the project. However, he did not directly answer a question about whether Kinder Morgan is a done deal, opting instead to say he will work with all the provinces to protect the environment, citing his government’s recent $1.5 billion national oceans protection plan.

Trudeau will be in Abbotsford this afternoon where he’ll be speaking at a Sikh Temple.