Canada’s Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he will not either favour or oppose the Energy East pipeline, proposed by TransCanada.
"It's not up to government to support one project or another. It's up to government to set a framework within which communities can choose, or not, to support projects," Trudeau said. "We support a process that will actually work to get social license, and see whether or not it does."
Trudeau has said that if he were to be elected, his government would overhaul approval rules for pipelines, with an aim to receiving increased local community and First Nations input before allowing a project to go ahead.
“The process whereby the public trust needs to be established for any project, be it Energy East or any other, has been completely corrupted and destroyed over the past 10 years. We need to restore people’s confidence in a government’s ability to set a level playing field to evaluate and assess projects like this and that’s what we’re committed to,” Trudeau said.
Edited from various sources by Elizabeth Corner
Sources: Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg