Canada’s Prime Minister Gives Green Light to Tar Sands Pipe Expansion

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Trans Mountain Expansion will fund Canada’s future clean economy, Trudeau government says

“We have a responsibility to ensure that the decisions we make today move us toward a cleaner, sustainable economy. Major resource projects can move forward, but only if we do so in a way that protects the environment and respects Indigenous rights.”                                                                                                           – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, June 18th, 2019 

A News Release from the Office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Posted June 18th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

(A Foreword from Niagara At Large – NAL will have much more news and commentary on the federal Liberal government’s decision to support this controversial tar pipe expansion and what it may mean for the future of Canada’s economy, environment and efforts to address the climate crisis in the days and weeks ahead, as we approach this fall’s federal election.

Stay tuned.)

Discussion and debate around this pipeline is bound to figure prominently in the outcome of this October’s federal election.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today (this June 18th, 2019) announced that the Government of Canada has approved the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) and that every dollar the federal government earns from this project will be invested in Canada’s clean energy transition.

The environment and the economy go hand-in-hand. When we create prosperity today, we can invest in the clean jobs, technologies, and infrastructure of the future — and help Canadians benefit from opportunities presented by a rapidly changing economy.

The key to creating prosperity is finding new markets for our businesses to sell their products and services. Nowhere is the need to diversify greater than for our energy sector, where 99 per cent of our conventional resources are sold to one market — and often at large discounts.

Canadians understand that we need to open up new international markets, in order to get a full and fair price, support workers and their families, and foster competitiveness.

Today’s approval was based on the confidence that:

  • – strong environmental protections have been and continue to be put in place,and that the effects of the project can be mitigated through conditions and recommendations outlined by the National Energy Board (NEB), as well as measures including the historic $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan and the national climate plan.
  • – consultations with Indigenous peoples involved meaningful, two-way dialogue, which fulfilled the legal duty to consult and helped identify new accommodation measures and conditions to appropriately address potential impacts on Indigenous rights and concerns expressed by Indigenous communities.

The Prime Minister also announced that every dollar the federal government earns from this project will be invested in Canada’s clean energy transition. It is estimated that additional corporate income tax revenues from the project alone could generate $500 million per year once the project has been completed.

The Trudeau government’s decision to green light a major pipeline for transporting tar sands oil comes just one day after the same government voted to join other governments around the world in declaring a global climate emergency.

This money, as well as any profit from the sale of the pipeline, will be invested in clean energy projects that will power our homes, businesses, and communities for generations to come.

In addition, the Prime Minister announced that the Government of Canada will launch the next phase of engagement with Indigenous groups on ways they could share in the benefits of the expansion, including through equity ownership or revenue sharing.

This is an important step on our path toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. By moving forward with TMX, we are creating jobs, diversifying markets, accelerating our clean energy transition, and opening up new avenues for Indigenous economic prosperity.

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“We have a responsibility to ensure that the decisions we make today move us toward a cleaner, sustainable economy. Major resource projects can move forward, but only if we do so in a way that protects the environment and respects Indigenous rights. The TMX project is a significant investment in Canadians and in Canada’s future that will create thousands of good, middle class jobs, maintain the highest environmental standards, and fund the clean energy solutions that Canada needs to stay competitive on the global stage.”  >  > —The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick Facts –

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

This decision reflects guidance from the Federal Court of Appeal’s ruling in August 2018 that quashed the government’s approval of the project.

The ruling found that the NEB had erred in its decision to exclude considerations of the environmental impact of project-related marine shipping, and that the government had failed to meet its legal duty to consult with Indigenous peoples. The ruling also provided guidance on how to address these errors.

Following that decision, the federal government launched the most comprehensive consultations with Indigenous groups and communities that it has ever conducted for a major project. The government appointed a former Supreme Court Justice, the Honourable Frank Iacobucci, to provide oversight and direction to the government on the process.

The Government of Canada takes its environment and climate commitments seriously and is working to protect our oceans and coastlines through:

  • – Historic investments through the [Oceans ProtectionPlan](https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/campaigns/protecting-coasts.html)
  • – A $15.7 billion investment to [renew the Canadian CoastGuard](https://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2019/05/22/prime-minister-announces-renewal-canadian-coast-guard-fleet)fleet, so it can continue to deliver its critical missions in support of safemarine trade
  • – A $167.4 million [WhalesInitiative](https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/campaigns/whales-initiative-protecting-southern-residen-killer-whale.html),and an [additional $61.5million](https://www.canada.ca/en/fisheries-oceans/news/2018/10/government-of-canada-taking-further-action-to-protect-southern-resident-killer-whales.html),to address threats to the Southern Resident Killer Whale
  • – Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is taking strong action to prevent marine pollution incidents, and to increase capacity to respond if an incident takes place.
  • – These consultations led to the development of eight broad accommodation measures that will be tailored to respond to the concerns raised  communities, including enhanced marine response capacity and fish habitat restoration, to address the impact on Indigenous rights.
  • – On February 22, 2019, as directed by the Government of Canada, the NEB delivered a reconsideration report, which included an overall recommendation that the TMX project be approved as it is in the public interest.
  • – The report outlined 156 conditions that would be imposed if the project was approved, as well as 16 recommendations that fall outside the Board’s mandate but within the authority of the Government of Canada. These conditions cover a wide range of areas, including emergency preparedness and response, pipeline safety and integrity, and consultation with affected Indigenous communities.
  • – The Government of Canada is committed to acting on the NEB’s recommendations and conditions, and has made amendments to strengthen six of the conditions to further address concerns of Indigenous groups.

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