Although PM Justin Trudeau assures the public that the Trans-Mountain expansion will be completed, his political alliances are casting doubt on his true intentions.
Trudeau’s recent stop in Vancouver to meet B.C.’s premier John Horgan, was sure to be a tense, unpleasant meeting since British Columbia filed their own lawsuit against Trudeau’s Trans Mountain project.
Which is why Trudeau’s warm acceptance of British Columbia’s John Horgan seems ironic.
Since the inception of the Trans-Mountain expansion, the federal government has faced multiple legal challenges.
Specifically, the pipeline was brought to a halt right after it began after the Federal Court of Appeal ruling.
The court ruled that the federal government failed to properly consult Indigenous Canadians, while the National Energy Board review was not comprehensive enough.
This ruling stopped the project that Trudeau, along with Alberta’s Rachel Notley, championed as a great economic boost and important for national interest.
Currently, British Columbia is leading the fight, legally and civically, against the expansion project.
B.C.’s John Horgan has been opposed to the trans-mountain project since it’s inception, especially with the lacking National Energy Board review.
Although Horgan adamantly opposes the PM’s “most important project”, earlier this month, the two pledged to reduce traffic congestion and promote investment in B.C.’s Lower Mainland.
Trans Mountain was not discussed during the public meeting, at all.
Trudeau’s biggest ally when it comes to the project, B.C.’s premier, Rachel Notley noticed the “buddy-buddy” moment between Trudeau and their adversary, asking for a meeting while the PM was in Edmonton.
When the “allies” met, however, the mood was comparably tense to that of Trudeau and Horgan.
The tension is not without reason.
Why would Rachel Notley be warm with Trudeau? Her time in office has been spent unfulfilling a project important to Albertans.
Once, or if, the pipeline is built it could be long after she is out of office, painting her political career as a failure.
She also had to sacrifice in order to receive Trudeau’s pledge to go forward with the pipeline. Notley had to join a pan-Canada climate change plan and implement the carbon tax.
However, the halt on the pipeline sent Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario to officially pull out of the carbon tax in protest, which makes sense.
With Trudeau promising to “do something” without any substantial plans, why would Alberta residents pay an extra carbon tax?
With Trudeau giving pledges and gifts to the province that opposes his “most important project”, what are his intentions?
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