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Alberta’s workers never asked for this political pipeline paralysis – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on May 17, 201997 Views

Paul de Jong is president of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA).

It wasn’t that long ago that the federal Liberal government took ownership of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, “to get it built in a timely fashion.” But now, while consultations with Indigenous communities continue, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi can’t guarantee anything. “I’m very confident that by June 18, cabinet will be able to make a decision on this project,” he said, with a heavy caveat: “I cannot commit to that because it’s not my decision. It’s the decision of the cabinet.”

Mr. Sohi, who hails from Edmonton, must know better than to string along Canadians and his own constituents. Last summer, when the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by the city of Burnaby, he proclaimed that “not building the pipeline is not an option.” So where is that determination and conviction now, as he declines to promise a decision will be made before this fall’s federal election?

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