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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

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

‘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.
It’s up to the prime minister to decide if he ‘wants to go into the next election arresting Indigenous communities and leaders,’ says the Squamish Nation council’s Dustin Rivers.
The provincial NDP critic says inquiry is 'only going to increase opposition to energy development in Alberta,' with one expert calling it attempt to put a 'chill' on activism in Canada.
It may have been unintentional, but the premiers helped define some issues that Canadians need to sort out before the Oct. 21 election.
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Minister Amarjeet Sohi’s comments perpetuate a divisive narrative that hurts the country and continue the government’s use of Bill C-69 as a political wedge.
We won’t stop using oil or gas tomorrow, but we do need to start using a lot less of it right now. Any time we build new energy infrastructure, it should be for improving energy and expanding renewable sources.
Bill C-69 is not about improved environmental protection. It is about forging barriers that create a longer and uncertain process. This uncertainty will make exploration more costly.
Governments are not absolved of their legal fiduciary duties to Indigenous people whenever industry approaches First Nations.
Any outsourcing of our emissions reductions, including selling our natural gas abroad, needs to be subject to a rigorous, yet-to-be-built international accounting system to ensure real emissions reductions are achieved.
The NDP’s climate platform includes establishing a Climate Accountability Office, investing $3-billion in a Canadian Climate Bank, and increasing the number of zero-emission vehicles on the roads.
We’ve seen firsthand how remote northern communities are rolling up their sleeves and working together to share knowledge, practices and resources.
A lot of work will be required to make the transition off of fossil fuels. This should be embraced as a collective, nation-building project.
By fighting climate change and investing in Canadian innovation and clean power, we’re making Canada’s economy cleaner and more competitive.
Progress in ocean protection is indeed happening, but are we doing enough fast enough? Damage to ocean habitats and the resulting impacts on fish populations is a serious concern.
Despite the Liberals’ 2015 commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, the oil and gas industry continues to receive them, says Environmental Defence’s Julia Levin.
Without adequately addressing subsidies, the federal government undermines benefits from its own commendable carbon pricing policies.
Senators have proposed dozens of changes to the Liberals' impact assessment and gun bills, have concerns about its solitary confinement legislation, and recommended its tanker-ban bill not proceed.
Opinion|Alex Neve
With only five sitting weeks to go, Parliamentarians face high expectations on bills on Indigenous languages and rights, environmental protection, and more.
Instead of shouting or playing dead, it's time for Ottawa to communicate clearly and effectively to the province’s new political masters. Because we need Alberta.
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