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Nenshi calls B.C.'s premier 'one of the worst politicians'
Date : 2018-05-12 AM 10:46:53 | views (417)

 Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi accused B.C.’s premier of spreading misinformation about the risks of expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline, calling John Horgan “one of the worst politicians” in Canada.

“It’s very clear that Mr. (John) Horgan, who I think is one of the worst politicians we’ve seen in Canada in decades, appeals to populism in a way that’s not based on fact,” Nenshi said Friday when asked about the dispute brewing over the $7.4-billion project.

“What we’re seeing here is a an enormous amount of misinformation, but what we’re also seeing is that the public is not buying it.”

Nenshi skewered recent statements by Horgan and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson in opposition to the project, which would triple the amount of crude shipped from the Edmonton area to B.C.’s lower mainland along an existing pipeline route, pointing to public opinion polls that show growing support for Trans Mountain.

“Resistance is not building. Every poll we see in fact shows that support for the pipeline is building, and as much as I respect Mayor Robertson, we don’t operate by mob rule here,” Nenshi said.

“When governments have conducted their regulatory work, when the approvals and processes have gone through, a few loud people lying in front of bull dozers don’t stop (projects) in this country, that’s mob rule.

“If those protestors were for something that Mr. Robertson was against, he’d probably say, ‘well, that’s not fair’, so we have to abide by process here, and by democracy here, and that’s exactly what’s been done.”

Kinder Morgan’s project has faced court challenges and permit delays with the B.C. government arguing it is concerned about the potential for oil spills on its waterways and coastline.

The federal government officially approved expansion of the Trans Mountain line in 2016, but the B.C. government has been fighting it since.

Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government are in discussions with the company to strike a joint financial arrangement to ensure the project gets built.

Nenshi said Friday that he understands why Notley has suggested Alberta would be prepared to take an equity stake in the project. 

“Mr. Horgan’s strategy is very clear: he knows he’s not going to win in court, he knows he’s not going to win the fight of public opinion — he’s hoping to scare away the investors. And so if the federal and provincial governments have to backstop that in order to not scare away the investors, then that has to happen.”


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