Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr has told senators he shares a “common objective” with those who want to see the Energy East pipeline built between Alberta and New Brunswick.
He was quizzed Wednesday about TransCanada’s controversial 15.7-billion-dollar proposed oil pipeline.
Former Liberal senators were among those pushing Carr to approve the project.
Senator James Cowan, the former Liberal leader in the Senate, noted Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion recently took questions in the Senate where he was harshly critical of the human rights record of Saudi Arabia.
He said the Liberals should go ahead with Energy East if they so deplore the human rights record of Saudi Arabia.
Carr responded that major resource projects require the confidence of Canadians.
He says that is the common objective he’s talking about.