One month after reapproving the Trans Mountain Pipeline, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the Trans Mountain Edmonton Terminal to speak with workers about the future of the project.
Trudeau had been speaking at a rally the night prior, where he promised that more information about the Edmonton to Burnaby pipeline was on its way in the morning.
“I’m going to be making an announcement tomorrow morning about the building of the Trans Mountain Pipeline,” he said at the rally.
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Come Friday morning, Trudeau spoke to pipeline workers about the government’s plans to work with Indigenous groups going forward, reiterating the importance of balancing environmental concerns with the need to get Canada’s energy to markets.
He said that finding the right balance would be the swiftest way to get the pipeline built, as charging ahead with little concern for the environment would likely make for lengthy battles in court, ultimately stalling the project.
“Contrary to what some politicians will tell you, we are a government that supports responsible resource development, and that means developing our resources the right way,” he said.
“We can grow our economy while protecting the environment.”
The Prime Minister’s announcement on Friday stuck to the same points that were at the forefront of last month’s announcement when the project was reapproved, stressing the need to move Canada’s oil to markets other than the United States and that thousands of jobs will be created as a result of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.
No timeline was set during Friday’s announcement.