Canada to approve a disputed pipeline extension ahead of October election


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Canada to approve a disputed pipeline extension ahead of October election

Canadian government appears to be all set to approve a much-debated plan of expanding an oil pipeline this week, people with direct knowledge regarding the issue had said on Sunday, the 16th of June 2019, while the move was highly unlikely to help PM Justine Trudeau regain supports ahead of an election scheduled to be held by next October, analysts suggested.

In point of fact, last year, the Liberal Government of Canada had taken an unexpected move to purchase Trans Mountain Pipeline from the Kinder Morgan Canada for a hefty sum of $3.4 billion in order to ensure the viability of the expansion, which might have solved the crude transportation gridlocks in Canada.

In effect, the expansion would triple the capacity of the oil pipeline that reaches crude oil from the crude-rich western province of Alberta to the Pacific coast of British Columbia, however, the move had already been facing intense criticism and protests from environmental activists and local residents.

In truth, the expansion had been a critical catch-22 for the Canadian PM Justine Trudeau who came to power pledging an improvement of Canada’s environmental record, while a rejection of the proposal would unleash rages of the energy lobbies, and an approval would anger local residents and environmentalists.