Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’ll work with British Columbia and Alberta to move ahead with his government’s agenda of building the economy while protecting the environment.
At a stop in Surrey today Trudeau was asked about the possibility that B.C. could wind up with a government that opposes the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
The final count from the recent provincial election, including absentee ballots, will be completed next week.
If a minority government is confirmed as the result of those recounts, the anti-pipeline Greens are poised to hold the balance of power.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has said that no province has the power to stop the expansion of the pipeline, which runs from the Edmonton area to Burnaby.
Trudeau did not directly answer a question about whether her statement was true, but he says he has a very positive relationship with the provinces
The Prime Minister continued to say he will work with them to ensure they are creating good jobs while moving toward a lower-carbon economy.
The federal government approved the pipeline expansion late last year, prompting outcry and protests.
It has proven to be a highly contentious issue, particularly in the Burnaby North riding, which swung to the NDP in the latest election largely in part to candidate Janet Routledge’s opposition of the pipeline.