Trudeau says his job is to bring peo­ple to­gether

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

coun­try that a pro­ject is in their best in­ter­ests.

“The re­spon­si­bil­ity of the fed­eral govern­ment is to es­tab­lish a clear process whereby peo­ple can eval­u­ate the projects in a rig­or­ous and open man­ner,’’ Trudeau said.

He added the new re­view rules will in­clude ad­di­tional re­quire­ments forc­ing en­ergy com­pa­nies to “take into ac­count all green­house gas emis­sions, in­clud­ing those up­stream.’’

The Con­ser­va­tives have ac­cused Trudeau of lack­ing lead­er­ship on the en­ergy file.

Op­po­si­tion Leader Rona Am­brose says Trudeau should be cham­pi­oning pipe­lines and call­ing on Coderre and other may­ors to ac­cept En­ergy East to en­able Al­berta’s oil­sands to be able to be shipped over­seas.

Tory MP Candice Ber­gen told Trudeau in the Com­mons on Mon­day to “call Mr. Coderre and tell him to smarten up.’’

Trudeau showed no signs he told Coderre any­thing of the sort and added to re­porters his govern­ment’s new re­view process for pipe­lines and en­ergy projects is on its way. He gave no time­line.

Tran­sCanada plans to build a pipe­line from Al­berta’s oil­sands, through Mon­treal, end­ing in New Brunswick, in or­der to open new mar­kets.

The pro­ject would ship 1.1 mil­lion bar­rels of crude oil a day and al­low Al­berta’s en­ergy — which is cur­rently land­locked — to be ex­ported to in­ter­na­tional mar­kets other than the United States.

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Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau gives a thumbs up to pro­test­ers fol­low­ing his meet­ing with Mon­treal Mayor De­nis Coderre in Mon­treal Tues­day.

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