If Trudeaumania hasn’t come to a crashing halt in the Lower Mainland before, it has now.
That’s according to Kathryn Harrison, professor of political science at UBC, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau green lit the controversial Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
Harrison says the Liberals have operated the last year by making many promises to many people.
“Mr. Trudeau and his government have promised to be all things to all people. They did it when they were running for office and they’ve done it in this announcement and the series of announcements leading up to it. They promised to deliver a healthy plan for our children, and they promised on jobs and the resource industry and they said we don’t have to choose.”
However, Harrison cautions Trudeau has put some new Liberal MPs in the Lower Mainland at risk of not getting re-elected because of the project’s wild unpopularity.
Local MP feeling the pressure
Local Liberal MP Joyce Murray calls the Cabinet decision “very disappointing for me and for many in Vancouver Quadra and British Columbia.”
“We are moving Canada in the right direction with many positive environmental, climate, and clean energy initiatives and no one project will diminish my commitment to reducing national greenhouse gas emissions, protecting ecosystems and ensuring better health and well-being for all Canadians.”
The seven-year veteran says she worked hard to represent B.C.’s concerns in Ottawa.
With files from Gord Macdonald