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‘I think it’s done,’ NDP MP Stewart doubts Trans Mountain pipeline expansion’s viability, but feds say it’s going to happen

By Emily Haws      

NDP MP Kennedy Stewart says the number of approvals the company still has to get indicates Trans Mountain is slowly withdrawing, but Trans Mountain says it doesn't have to have all permits and conditions before starting full construction on the pipeline.

Protesters demonstrate their opposition to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in early April. The pipeline has been the subject of heated national debate. NDP MP Kennedy Stewart thinks the project will be abandoned by June. Photograph courtesy of Protect the Inlet

As the federal Liberals face mounting pressure to get the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion approved, NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, who was arrested for protesting the pipeline in March, says he doubts it will actually be built because of dozens of still unmet conditions and permits, but Trans Mountain says it doesn’t need all permits and conditions approved before construction starts.

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Feds’ priciest COVID-19 spending measures could cost more than $851-million, says budget watchdog

News|By Palak Mangat
In accounting for the spending drives in response to COVID-19 rolled out so far, the PBO projects Canada’s deficit could soar to $184.2-billion for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

‘Critical situation’ in prisons as health-care workers threaten to walk over lack of protective equipment

News|By Mike Lapointe
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MPs join fight to stamp out COVID-19 disinformation that’s ‘spreading faster than the virus’

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‘We’re all under the gun’: MPs work 24-7 in the midst of a pandemic

MPs say COVID-19 case work is consuming their days, and they're turning to ‘imaginative’ ways of reaching out to make sure constituents' needs are met and their voices heard.

AFN National Chief Bellegarde calls on feds to ‘immediately’ release 10 per cent of COVID-19 funding to communities

News|By Palak Mangat
A portion of the $1-billion fund announced by the feds to scale up public health services will be directed to First Nations communities, in addition to other funding.

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News|By Neil Moss
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