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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a spirited defence of his decision to approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline during the final — and at times rowdy — town hall meeting of his cross-country tour today in Nanaimo, B.C.
As Trudeau attempted to defend his ideas about protecting the environment while growing the economy, he was shouted down a number of activists. Three of them had to be removed by police after the local First Nation chief and Trudeau failed to talk them down.
“We wanted a national carbon reduction plan, a national emissions plan that is going to allow us to reach our climate goals, to reach our Paris commitments but in order to do that, part of moving forward is approving the Kinder Morgan pipeline,” Trudeau said. “It is something many people feel very strongly about on either side, but that is the nature of the compromise we had to make in the best interests of Canada.”
Trudeau was greeted by a chorus of boos — and slightly louder cheers of welcome — as he walked into the room.
“At the same time, we have to remain confident about NAFTA because, regardless of perceptions in the United States, NAFTA has been really good for the U.S. and good for workers, it’s been good for Canada and cancelling it would be extremely harmful and disruptive to people in the United States, as it would be in Canada.”