Is Line 5 the Price the Liberals Paid for NDP Support?

I'm on my feet again in the House in Question Period, pressing the Prime Minister for action on Line 5.

I am calling on the Liberal government to act now to fight for Canada in the court challenge, invoke the Transit Pipelines Treaty, and ensure the economic and energy security of Canadians are protected.

Is abandoning Line 5 the price the Liberals paid to obtain NDP support?

 

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    Mr. Greg McLean (Calgary Centre, CPC): Mr. Speaker, special interest activists south of Canada's border are intending to go around existing legal processes to shut down Enbridge Line 5. Line 5 supplies 540,000 barrels of oil per day that fuel the economies of Ontario and Quebec and is governed by the terms of the Transit Pipelines Treaty between Canada and the United States, and yet the Prime Minister says he is not interested in enforcing the terms of this treaty. This is critical.

    Will the Prime Minister intervene today and defend Canada's interests?

    Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, Line 5 is a critical piece of infrastructure for both Canada and the United States and that is why we have been consistently and continually advocating for its continued operation with the Government of Michigan and with the federal government in the United States and continue to demonstrate how important our energy partnership is across the border.

    We continue to be there to defend the interests of Canadians and of people in northeastern United States. We will continue to be there to ensure that we are working as true partners on energy security for everyone across North America.

    Mr. Greg McLean (Calgary Centre, CPC): Mr. Speaker, energy security is what we need, but this pipeline has seen repeated attempts to shut it down. Last year, the government filed its brief with the U.S. court on a different attempt to shut down Line 5. Now it is pretending that there is no Canadian interest at stake in losing 540,000 barrels per day of critical energy delivery. Something has changed.

    To the Prime Minister: is silence on Line 5 the price of buying the NDP's support for his government?

    Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, once again we see Conservatives trying to invent conspiracy theories where there simply are none. We have consistently advocated for Line 5, continually pressured both the company and the State of Michigan to resolve their differences. We have continually advocated in the United States at the highest levels in Washington and we will continue to. This is something that we take very seriously and we will continue to be there to fight for it.