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Ex-PM Mulroney urges Trudeau to act on Energy East in speech to UofC students

“The previous government refused to understand you cannot separate what’s good for the environment and what’s good for the economy”

Brian Mulroney, Former Canadian Prime Minister

Brian Mulroney, Former Canadian Prime Minister

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was in Calgary on Tuesday to give a speech to law students entitled “Role of a Prime Minister: Responsibilities and Leadership,” and he took the opportunity to give current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau some advice on the contentious Energy East pipeline project.

The former Progressive Conservative leader urged Trudeau to personally take charge of building a strategy with First Nations, municipalities, provinces and the oil sector.

“The Canadian agenda under the Prime Minister’s personal direction would provide hundreds of billions of dollars in new investments, millions of new jobs, bring East and West much closer together, and be as transformational and beneficial to the country as any major policy initiative undertaken in Canada in the last 70 years,” said Mulroney, according to the Globe and Mail.

The National Energy Board review of the Energy East project is temporarily on pause after a small group of environmental protestors shut down a Montreal NEB hearing several weeks. Then the three panel members resigned after it was revealed they had met with a lobbyist hired by TransCanada, the project proponent.

A decision on the Energy East project is at least 16 months off. Trudeau is expected to approve the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline before Christmas.

Robin Spears, Mulroney’s spokesman, said there is no financial connection to the project, nor is Mulroney being paid by TransCanada to speak on its behalf, according to the Globe and Mail.

Mulroney praised Trudeau, saying the Liberal leaders has the “determination” and “skill” to get the massive pipeline project off the ground and all the various groups to the table.

Trudeau is facing staunch opposition from environmentalists, as well as pipeline boosters who have run out of patience, but has said he will approve responsible pipeline projects.

“There is no (change) in my thinking, my thinking has always been we need to get our resources to market but we need to do that in responsible, sustainable, thoughtful ways. The previous government refused to understand you cannot separate what’s good for the environment and what’s good for the economy,” said Trudeau.

“It will make Canada one of the wealthiest and most influential countries on Earth, while vastly strengthening our sovereignty and our capacity for good and effective leadership in the world,” said Mulroney, according to the Globe and Mail.

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