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Eighteen months ago, in one of his first executive orders, U.S. President Donald Trump authorized the Keystone XL pipeline. Eighteen months later, the project is still awaiting regulatory approval. Trump is not anti-pollution and nobody would say that he’s not authoritarian. Still, he has not been able to impose the project. Why? Because the United States is a federation and while the federal government is responsible for interstate and international trade, state laws continue to apply. In other

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Trans Mountain and Energy East: we must give the provinces ability to say no

By Québec Debout MP Monique Pauzé      

The government now owns the old pipeline. We can’t go back. But every gambler should know that losing your car is no justification for betting your house. By giving British Columbia the ability to say no, we would likely prevent a bigger loss. And we would also give Quebec with the capacity to protect its territory and population. That’s the essence of Bill C-392: respect and precaution.

B.C. Premier John Horwath, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Trans Mountain pipeline also appears to be a failed project. The demand in Asia for Canadian tar sands is nowhere to be seen, especially now that China is importing huge amounts of oil from Iran. Last year, only two tankers left British Columbia for Asia and Trans Mountain has almost exclusively been used to supply the West Coast refineries in the U.S., writes Québec Debout MP Monique Pauzé. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
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