Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and our government have officially approved Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion and Enbridge’s Line 3. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said in the halls of Parliament -this is more action on getting our product to market than in the last ten years of the previous government. Our government’s decision on this project comes after the completed work of an independent Ministerial Panel, appointed to hear from and talk with Indigenous peoples and all affected communities along the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline and shipping routes.
That panel also held 44 public meetings in Alberta and British Columbia, hearing from industry, residents, and many other stakeholders. The panel’s report was presented to my caucus colleague, Minister Carr, and has been made public.
You can read the report below at my website: mmihychuk.liberal.ca/news-nouvelles/pipelines/
Our government’s final decision was informed by the National Energy Board’s recommendation report, consultations with Indigenous peoples, public input gathered through the Ministerial Panel, and the comments received on the draft assessment of the upstream greenhouse gas emissions. In total, over 35,000 comments were submitted to Natural Resources Canada, from all over Canada.
As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said, time and time again-, it is the federal government’s job to help get our natural resources to market. However, we also know that economic prosperity and environmental protection go hand in hand which is why we are:
- Investing $1.5 Billion into a world leading Oceans Protection Plan to protect our coasts, rather than cut ocean science and monitoring programs like the previous government.
- Reforming the National Energy Board to ensure that it reflects regional views and has sufficient expertise in relevant fields like environmental sciences, community development, and traditional Indigenous knowledge.
- Implementing a price on carbon pollution -like the one supported by the oil industry and others – to not only create a vibrant innovation economy but to reduce harmful carbon pollution.