NDP calls on government to cancel expansion of Trans Mountain pipeline
September 4th, 2018 - 2:35pm
OTTAWA – On Monday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called on the Liberal government to cancel the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline project, overhaul the review process for energy projects, and invest in clean energy jobs for the future.
“Communities across Canada are feeling the impact of climate change, with unprecedented flooding and extreme heat conditions contributing to forest fires,” said Singh. “We can’t ignore the facts. This is the new normal: the days will only get hotter, and the weather more extreme.”
Singh said the government must abandon plans for the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
“Instead, let's invest in bold renewable energy projects that would help, rather than hinder, efforts to meet our climate change targets, and create jobs for today’s workers and future generations,” he said.
“The Liberals' approach to reviewing energy projects like the Trans Mountain expansion has been to adopt the Harper process, the process they promised to change. We need to overhaul that process to ensure that all environmental impacts are considered and that First Nations are fully consulted,” he said.
“The only difference between the Conservative and the Liberal approach is the $4.5 billion the Liberals used to buy a pipeline no one else wanted,” said Singh. “That decision didn’t help workers, it didn’t help the environment, and it didn’t help Canada’s finances. It only helped the shareholders of Kinder Morgan.”