Target of reduction and Trans Mountain: the ying and the yang of the Trudeau government

Cible de réduction et Trans Mountain: le ying et le yang du gouvernement Trudeau

The owner of Trans Mountain, which was one of the guests at the retreat ministerial cabinet Trudeau in Winnipeg, has assured that the construction of the expansion of the pipeline was well underway and that the project could be completed by the end of the year 2022.

January 19, 2020 18h48

Updated at 19h17

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Target of reduction and Trans Mountain: the ying and the yang of the Trudeau government

Catherine Lévesque

The canadian Press

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WINNIPEG — The federal minister of the Environment, Jonathan Wilkinson, has announced Sunday that Canada will introduce new targets for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for 2030.

A few moments after, the president and chief executive officer of Trans Mountain Corporation, Ian Anderson, stood before reporters to praise the economic benefits of the expansion of the pipeline.

It was a scene “strange”, as admitted even by the minister of natural Resources, Seamus O’regan, but the two are “not contradictory”. The two are even compatible, he argued.

If Canada really wants to be carbon neutral by 2050, he said, all sectors must be on board and that requires the private sector, but also a industry oil and gas “sustainable and healthy”.

“To do this, they must successfully transport their products to markets. Then it is a big circle loop. The story is more complicated to tell, but it is essential that it is told because the future of the country depends on it,” quipped Mr. O’regan.

The owner of Trans Mountain, which was one of the guests at the retreat ministerial cabinet Trudeau in Winnipeg, has assured that the construction of the expansion of the pipeline was well underway and that the project could be completed by the end of the year 2022.

Currently, some 2,700 people work on the project, including 10 % aboriginal workers. Mr. Anderson hoped that this project will be a “success story” both for the economic benefits that the collaboration with the indigenous peoples.

It sees no contradiction between the expansion of Trans Mountain and the new targets that will be announced by Mr. Wilkinson.

“I think what Canadians can continue to appreciate it is that the responses to climate change and responses to environmental conditions that we have before us are critical to our nation, but the economic development of our resources is, too”, he replied.

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The minister Wilkinson, on his side, said that it will be presenting its new environmental targets for 2030 in the next few months. He wants to be ready before the COP26, which will be held in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

For now, the game plan is not yet defined.

“I said that Canada wants to have new targets when we are going to go to COP26 in Glasgow and we need to develop a plan and talk to Canadians. We only started keeping the discussions”, he said.

When the COP25 to Madrid, Canada had achieved the third place of the “fossil of the day” – a kind of price lemon submitted by NGOS to denounce the contradictions of the country.

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