The prime minister is pushing back at the federal Conservatives who are criticizing his position on pipelines.
Confronted with the criticism in Saskatchewan, where low energy prices are battering the province’s economy, Justin Trudeau repeated his often-used line that the Conservatives have had years to build a pipeline while in government and couldn’t get it done.
Trudeau says getting resources to market is a key responsibility of the Canadian government and the best way to get a pipeline built is to co-operate with communities and First Nations along the route and respect their concerns.
Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose was also in Saskatchewan this week where she accused Trudeau of waffling on support for pipelines since last year’s federal election.
She says the “vague” pipeline approval process creates too much uncertainty in the oil industry, which translates into more job losses.
Trudeau is to meet with one of his loudest critics on the pipeline issue, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, while in Saskatoon.
(The Canadian Press)