Justin Trudeau – Prime minister questioned on response to threat to Line 5 pipeline
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Trudeau said the government defended Canada’s steel and aluminum workers and its supply management system while also renegotiating the NAFTA trade pact.
“And we’re going to continue to ensure energy security, jobs for Canadians and the fight against climate change, hand in hand with the American government,” he said.
McLean said Michigan’s efforts to attempt to cancel the Line 5 easement allowing it cross the Straits of Mackinac “would seriously affect workers and consumers in Ontario and Quebec.”
The pipeline carries western oil and natural gas liquids from Superior, Wisc., and through Michigan to Sarnia as part of Enbridge’s pipeline system.
Michigan’s governor has revoked the easement allowing the pipeline to run along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, but Enbridge has challenged that order and says it will continue operating the pipeline. The Calgary-based energy giant is also seeking permits and approvals to replace the crossing with a tunnel.
Ontario’s energy minister has said Line 5 is a “key artery” supplying the province with oil and warned of the economic damage that would result if it’s turned off.
“This shutdown will put over 4,900 jobs at risk, and jeopardize Ontario and Michigan’s energy supply that we rely on daily,” Greg Rickford, Ontario’s minister of energy, northern development and mines, said in a statement.
“Ontario’s four refineries ensure that Ontario, Quebec, Michigan and the entire Great Lakes region are supplied with essential products like home heating fuels, gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.”