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Canada pipeline controversy follows Trudeau to UK

Staff Writer |
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in the UK on Wednesday for talks with Prime Minister Theresa May, but he couldn’t dodge the controversial Trans Mountain oil pipeline issue back home.

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Members of Greenpeace UK set up an artificial pipeline labelled “Crudeau Oil” outside the Canadian High Commission building.

The name is a reference to the pipeline, supported by Trudeau, that would carry bitumen from the Athabasca oil sands in Alberta west to the British Columbia (B.C.) coast for shipping to countries across the Pacific Ocean.

The pipeline proposal has pitted one province against another.

The government of British Columbia has vowed the pipeline will never be built across its territory because of environmental concerns and Wednesday filed a case in court to determine if it can prevent the project.

“This process is about B.C.’s right under the Constitution to regulate against deleterious impacts on the environment, on the economy, on the provincial interests,” B.C. Attorney General David Eby told reporters back in Canada.

Meanwhile, the government of Alberta said it would pass legislation that would give the government the power to limit oil and gas exports, including to the province of B.C. That would send the price of gas soaring for B.C. residents.

"I have instructed the minister of finance to initiate formal financial discussions with Kinder Morgan, the result of which will be to remove the uncertainty overhanging the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project," Trudeau told reporters, calling the line "a vital strategic interest to Canada."

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