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Sohi brings finesse, not ferocity to $4.5-billion Trans Mountain Pipeline file, say Alberta political observers

By Peter Mazereeuw      

New Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi has a reputation as a consensus-builder. The former bus driver and city councillor, who was imprisoned on false terrorism charges in India as a young man, has experience as a social justice activist that could help him to negotiate with some of the Trans Mountain pipeline's opponents, as he fights to keep his seat in Parliament.

New Liberal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi has a reputation as an honest broker, says longtime Edmonton Journal columnist Paula Simons. 'He’s not going to sell you a timeshare in Kelowna.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The federal Liberal government’s new point man for the $4.5-billion Trans Mountain pipeline is known in Alberta as a politician with a soft touch and the skills to soothe pipeline opponents, but not to fight a nasty public battle over the most important file in the province, say Alberta political observers.

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