STEPHEN HARPER ... WOULD HAVE FACED MANY OF THE SAME ROADBLOCKS.
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EDITORIAL INQUIRIES a Conservative victory to result in peace or even decisive action on the pipeline front is almost certainly in for a disappointment.
For all the talk among Conservatives about Trudeau messing up the file, Stephen Harper — had he been reelected as prime minister in 2015 — would have faced many of the same roadblocks.
The Northern Gateway pipeline green lit by his government over its last term in office was anything but a done deal. The controversial project was mired in litigation. Shortly after Harper left office, a court overturned his approval of the pipeline.
Instead of scrapping the project as Trudeau did, a Conservative government would probably have appealed the decision and, in the end, the Supreme Court would have had the last word. But there is no guarantee that the top court would not have doubled down on the original ruling and ordered the government to more properly acquit itself of its duty to consult the Indigenous communities affected by the pipeline.
The duty to consult is part of Canada’s constitutional framework. There is no opting out of it. The notwithstanding clause only applies to some sections of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is not a get-out-of-jail card at the disposal of governments. looking for a way to ignore any inconvenient court ruling.