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Trans Mountain expansion could be ‘major issue’ in next election, says Riis, but most MPs in pipeline’s path cite ‘overwhelming’ support

By Laura Ryckewaert      

Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project would see a twinning of its existing pipeline, which stretches from Edmonton to Vancouver, passing through 21 federal ridings.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, Liberal MP Ken Hardie, NDP MP Fin Donnelly, NDP MP Linda Duncan, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, Conservative MP Cathy McLeod, and Conservative MP Garnett Genuis. The government says the Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is in the national interest. Former B.C. NDP MP Nelson Riis says he's expecting an unprecedented level of protests to take place around this pipeline as the rubber begins to hit the road. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

The government’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is expected to cost the party electorally in 2019, but most MPs in the pipeline’s proposed path say the majority of their constituents support it. “This could be one of the major issues in the next federal election, particularly in the Lower Mainland where people are concentrated and where the [anti-pipeline] activists are concentrated,” said Nelson Riis, the former NDP MP for Kamloops, Thompson and Highland

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