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Leaders’ debate touches on pipeline policy

In the Globe and Mail Leaders’ debate last night, all federal party leaders commented on pipelines.

Conservative leader Stephen Harper said, “We want to see this sector grow and develop.” Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said, “[Harper] talks about being the best friend that Calgary has ever had, that Alberta has ever had, but he hasn’t got pipelines built.” NDP leader Thomas Mulcair said, “Under Stephen Harper’s stewardship, we have not built one kilometre of pipeline to tidewater, and it’s easy to understand why. He’s gutted environmental laws.” And Green leader Elizabeth May, who was not invited to participate in the debate, tweeted, “The leaders are all talking about protecting our climate, but only one party opposes Kinder Morgan.”

To read in more detail the views of the major federal parties on the Energy East, Trans Mountain, Northern Gateway and Keystone XL pipelines, please see Council of Canadians energy and climate justice campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue’s blog Pipeline politics: where the parties stand.

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