Meetings with Alberta’s premier, oil industry leaders and workers haven’t changed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s position on a pipeline to the East Coast.
Trudeau says he doesn’t want to prejudge or shortcut the National Energy Board’s deliberations on the Energy East project.
He says the previous federal government spent 10 years advocating for pipelines and didn’t get anywhere.
Trudeau has faced pressure, including from Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, to advocate for the project rather than playing peacemaker between those for and against the pipeline.
The prime minister continues to signal that changes are coming to make employment insurance easier to get for laid-off Albertans.
He says industry leaders told him during his visit that their main concern is employing as many people as possible through the downtown.
(The Canadian Press)