“How does a moratorium on tanker traffic along Canada’s west coast build a stronger economy?”
When asked this question during a radio interview with 630 CHED, a Corus sister station in Edmonton, Prime Minister Trudeau talked about finding a balance between protecting the environment and building the economy.
“The north west Pacific Coast in BC has long been seen to be an area where it’s not just vulnerable ecosystems, but it’s about 20,000 British Columbians who make their living off tourism, fishing…off the delicate waters and productive waters of BC’s north coast. So recognizing that there are places where you really shouldn’t be putting a pipeline, or specifically, super-tankers.”
He says he’s talked with aboriginal leaders in communities who say they’re fine with LNG pipelines. Even though they don’t make any benefits from them, the environmental impacts are significantly less for LNG than they would be for crude or bitumen.
“So the concern that people have is really measured. because everyone knows we need to grow the economy. We just need to not be putting at risk our children’s futures at the same time.”
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On the deficit
“The economy got significantly worse. We had $10 billion of investment on what was going to be around balanced, slightly in the negative – but not significantly so. And now suddenly we’re at negative 18 (billion dollar deficit). ”
Trudeau says when it came down to deciding on whether to to invest in communities, or make cuts to services, investing won because it’s what will help to set us on a path to growth.
“Canadians were very clear in the last election, they didn’t want cuts to balance the budget at all costs..they wanted the investments we were proposing.”
When asked by a listener when marijuana will be legal and available to purchase in Canada, Trudeau said the priority is to protect underage Canadians from having such easy access as they do now.
‘We’re the number one country of 29 different developed countries in terms of access to underage minors to marijuana, so it needs to be harder for them to access.”
He also says it needs to be removed as a source of revenue for gun-runners, street gangs and organized crime.
“We’re looking at what is being done south of the border, and it’ll be coming, we’re working on right now. We have former police chief Bill Blair working on it attentively and when we have the right solution, we’ll put it forward.”
He says he expects it to come in the not-too-distant future, and that working with provinces will be essential to regulating marijuana across the country.
On Donald Trump
“It’s very much a symptom of the kind of frustration that Americans have with their political system, that has grown less and less in touch – in which big money has a stronger ans stronger role – and they looking to lash out outside of the establishment candidate.”
He added that he looks forward to working with whoever Americans choose.