Watch: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets workers at Trans Mountain pipeline terminal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met energy workers at Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline terminal in Edmonton Friday to discuss the approval of the pipeline’s expansion. He spoke of balancing environmental protection with the industry’s need to find markets beyond the United States for oil.

“It’s easy in politics to pick one side and cross your arms and say the other side is wrong,” Trudeau said to a packed room of energy workers in blue coveralls. “It’s harder as we’ve found to take a position where we are both fighting climate change and focused on growing the economy because it gives a lot of people a lot to things to criticize.”


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with energy workers at Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline terminal in Edmonton, on Friday, July 12, 2019.

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Opponents of the governing Liberal party criticized the prime minister’s sincerity. Conservative Party leader Andrew Sheer insisted via a Tweet that the visit was a “phoney photo-op” as the Liberals nominated anti-pipeline activist Steven Guilbeault to run in a Montreal riding.

Trudeau explained to the workers that the measure of success for his government is the future jobs that the workers’ children would hold as the economy is diversified.

He argued that the best price for Canada’s resources must be attained through projects like the Trans Mountain expansion, while they “prepare the transition so your kids and your grandkids will have great jobs right here in Alberta. Some in petrochemical and fossil fuel industries certainly, but others in all the great new opportunities the world’s going to bring forward.”