Bruce Campion-Smith (The Toronto Star):
Justin Trudeau has renewed his party’s opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline, pledged support for the Keystone XL project, but is withholding judgment on a third, controversial pipe to ship oil through Eastern Canada.
Trudeau said that a Liberal government would formalize a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic through B.C.’s northern coast to protect sensitive areas from the impacts of a spill.
That effectively rules out the Northern Gateway pipeline, a project meant to deliver Alberta oilsands crude to the B.C. coast, where it would be loaded on board tankers.
“Anyone who has been to the Great Bear rainforest knows that that’s not a place for a crude oil pipeline,” Trudeau said, referring to the sensitive ecological areas along the northern B.C. coast.
The Liberal leader said that as a resource nation, Canada has always needed to get products such as grain, lumber, minerals and oil to market.
“But in the 21st century, it means doing it right,” Trudeau said during a campaign stop here.