We know when it comes to hazmat pipelines running across British Columbia, Trudeau is dealing from the bottom of the deck. The NDP's Nathan Cullen aptly summed it up:
“The Liberals swore on a stack of Bibles to fix the Conservatives’ failed environmental assessment process,” said the party's environment critic, Nathan Cullen. "The Kinder Morgan pipeline is exactly the kind of project that needs a serious and credible environmental review.
"This is a Conservative pipeline under a Conservative review process, with just a Liberal fig leaf hiding over top of that fact. So where are all the BC Liberals that promised to do things differently? Will just one BC Liberal stand up today and justify the unjustifiable?”
Meanwhile, our suddenly slack-jawed environment minister, star of the Paris climate summit last December, Catherine McKenna has turned into a windbag just full of weasel words.
The two major pipelines in play, Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion and the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, both involved meaty promises from Prime Minister Trudeau during the election campaign — first, that he would fix a flawed federal review process for new energy projects, and second, that hewould stop Northern Gateway.
But with rumours suggesting that the Enbridge pipeline may yet live, Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna declined to give a straight answer on whether the government had changed its mind:
"Transport Minister Garneau is looking at ensuring marine safety, which is really key," she told National Observer after a discussion about climate change with high school students in Vancouver. "The prime minister has also been very clear about Northern Gateway — it’s not appropriate that it goes through the Great Bear Rainforest."
Garneau should get himself into a small boat and go out onto the Hecate in one of its Biblical storms. Then he'll learn all he will need to know about "marine safety" and Trudeau will be able to find himself a new transport minister.