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‘Crystal clear’ feds have jurisdiction on $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline: here’s how they could ‘reinforce’ it

By Peter Mazereeuw      

Most Canadians back national interests over provincial, but the Liberals stand to lose key votes in Quebec and British Columbia anyway, says Nik Nanos.

'It will be built': Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tied his government firmly to the success of the $74.-billion Trans Mountain pipeline during a press conference last week. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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There’s no doubt that the federal government has authority to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline, says a pair of constitutional lawyers, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promised legislation to “reinforce” that right could sweep aside any British Columbia laws or regulations obstructing the pipeline. “The B.C. government campaigned on a promise they can’t keep, they don’t have the legal authority to block the pipeline,” said Bruce Ryder, a professor who researches constitutional law at York University’s Osgoode law

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