Trudeau says his job is to bring people together
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.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gives a thumbs up to protesters following his meeting with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre in Montreal Tuesday.