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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.
It may have been unintentional, but the premiers helped define some issues that Canadians need to sort out before the Oct. 21 election.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Without adequately addressing subsidies, the federal government undermines benefits from its own commendable carbon pricing policies.
Somewhere along the line, we focused our attention away from reducing material use and reusing as much as possible, to recycling as the solution to our waste problem.
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.
Pipe Dreams: The Fight For Canada's Energy Future, by Jacques Poitras, has been shortlisted along with four others for the Writers' Trust of Canada's 2018 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. The winner will be announced in Ottawa on May 15 at the Politics and the Pen gala.
The future of Canada’s mining industry lies increasingly in remote and northern regions, but the infrastructure deficit challenges project economics in this part of the country.
The following is an excerpt from Population Bombed! Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change, short-listed along with four other books for this year’s Donner Prize, the best public policy book of the year by a Canadian. The winner will be announced on May 1 in Toronto.
The assumption that green infrastructure will be accepted by communities by virtue of being good for the climate may fast be put to the test.
There was ‘quite a backlash’ over the original plan to only go to B.C. for the oil tanker ban study, says Transport Committee chair Sen. David Tkachuk.
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