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Did Justin Trudeau really wreck Alberta’s economy?

By Peter Mazereeuw      

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has re-committed to the TMX pipeline, amid fierce criticism from Alberta and Saskatchewan's conservative premiers of his government's environment and energy policies.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on Oct. 23, 2019, faced a barrage of questions about western alienation during his first press conference at the National Press Theatre following his election victory, last week. His Liberal Party didn't win a single seat in Alberta, where the oil sector that drives the economy has been floundering. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Western alienation has dominated much of the political discussion following the Oct. 21 federal election that brought the Liberals back to power with a minority government without a single seat in Alberta or Saskatchewan. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged it in his election night victory speech, and reporters grilled him about it in his first press conference in Ottawa two days later. 

Peter Mazereeuw

Peter Mazereeuw is a deputy editor for The Hill Times covering politics, legislation, and the Senate.
- peter@hilltimes.com


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