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Trudeau defends oilsands at Calgary town hall

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the University of Calgary, Jan. 24, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said he misspoke in Peterborough when he said the oilsands should be phased out, defended both the oilsands and pipelines during a town hall at the University of Calgary.

From the Globe and Mail (“Trudeau challenged on oil sands at rowdy Calgary town hall“):

“I have repeatedly said that yes, the responsibility of any Canadian prime minister is to get our resources to market and yes, that includes our oil-sands fossil fuels,” Mr. Trudeau told the crowd of about 2,000 at the University of Calgary. “We need to get those to market. I’ve also said we need to do that in a responsible, sustainable way. You cannot separate what’s good for the environment and what’s good for the economy.”

The boos gave way to supportive cheers, with the crowd drowning out parts of Mr. Trudeau’s escalating answer. The tone of the gathering then shifted from town hall to campaign rally.

“You know who tried to force a choice between the environment and the economy? The last government,” Mr. Trudeau, wearing jeans and a button-up shirt, said.

The Liberal government late last year approved Kinder Morgan Inc.’s proposed expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline network. The existing system already reaches tidewater in British Columbia and the proposed project would ferry even more Alberta oil to the West Coast. The expansion faces a slew of opponents, ranging from Burnaby, B.C., Mayor Derek Corrigan, to indigenous groups.

“I have talked repeatedly about the fact we need to get off of fossil fuels,” Mr. Trudeau continued at the town hall. “Even Stephen Harper recognized we have to get off fossil fuels eventually. We have to do that. You can’t do that right now. You have to manage a transition. And that’s why I have approved pipelines.”

“Not only am I approving them, but I’m standing up, here in Alberta, and in downtown Vancouver, and saying: ‘I’m approving these pipelines because it matters.’ And I’m making the case for the oil sands.”

Here is video of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talking about the oilsands and the environment.

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