Justin Trudeau’s pipelines predicament: ‘Decisions always about trade-offs’ – by Peter O’Neil (Vancouver Sun – June 16, 2016)


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged Thursday he won’t be able to please all Canadians on the oilsands pipeline issue that has pitted Alberta’s desperate need for an economic boost against intense concerns in B.C. and Quebec.

Trudeau, in an exclusive interview, also refused to say whether his 2015 election commitments would give vetoes to local communities and First Nations who vehemently oppose oilsands pipelines in their midst.

His comments coincided with the release of a new poll showing big differences in regional views towards the idea of transporting hundreds of thousands of barrels a day of diluted bitumen to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

“We have complex situations with multiple answers, with people who do better out of some scenarios than others,” the prime minister said Thursday while in Vancouver to announce federal funding for local transit projects.

“What we need to do as a government is fold in a broad range of perspectives, understand the concerns, work to allay the fears as much as we possibly can on a broad range of levels, and work towards a broad consensus” with communities, First Nations and other stakeholders.

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