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Start of Trans Mountain pipeline construction amid election a threat to Liberals in B.C., say observers

By Laura Ryckewaert      

‘People are starting to wake up to how badly planned this pipeline is, and I think it will be a major issue during the election campaign,’ says B.C. NDP MP Peter Julian.

Pipeline protestors are pictured in Vancouver in 2017. Protests are widely expected to kick off amid the start of construction work at Trans Mountain sites in the Greater Vancouver Area, presenting an electoral risk to Liberals in the region. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will be underway during the federal election, and while the start of work may steal steam from certain Conservative attacks, observers say it’s overall likely bad news for Liberal fortunes in seat-rich British Columbia.

Laura Ryckewaert

Laura Ryckewaert is a deputy editor at The Hill Times.
- lryckewaert@hilltimes.com


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