This morning, we brought you the news that Canada just declared a National Climate Emergency. The House of Commons passed a resolution that officially declares climate change an urgent crisis that is dangerous to all Canadians.
For the past couple of weeks, Trudeau and his Liberal government have made clear their firm stances on their environmental commitments. Along with Monday's resolution, Canada is set to ban single-use plastics by 2021.
However, less than a day after Canada announced a National Climate Emergency, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals announced that they would go ahead with the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
The controversial $7.4 billion dollar project is set to begin this year and already, Canadians are furious at Justin Trudeau's decision.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet have approved the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion pro… https://t.co/EyvsSbVlkA— Twitter Moments (@Twitter Moments)1560891088.0
Many Canadians on social media are understandably angry about this decision as they feel Trudeau is re-negging on promises made during his time as Prime Minister.
Canada just announced a climate emergency and the Trudeau government passes the trans mountain pipeline. I've never… https://t.co/m00nUbigsM— Lisa ☠️ 🐀🌱 (@Lisa ☠️ 🐀🌱)1560892547.0
24 hours after declaring a climate emergency, the Trudeau government announced it will be moving forward with the c… https://t.co/KjxZmcggG7— James L Turk (@James L Turk)1560894177.0
Trudeau says that the project will help bring stable and gainful jobs that will improve Canada's middle-class. Alberta's government is especially happy about the decision because it affects them the most.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney welcomes federal approval of Trans Mountain pipeline, calls it another step in a proce… https://t.co/tcBZb5rLhe— CBC News Alerts (@CBC News Alerts)1560894559.0
Trudeau also says that the profits and sales accrued by the project will all go to fund sustainable energy projects that will help move Canada away from fossil fuels.
While I am not a fan of pipelines....I resent the populist notion that we can just shut-down oil and gas and everyt… https://t.co/LWIoJmUWml— Univrsle (@Univrsle)1560894048.0
Canadians are also concerned about the welfare of the many First Nations tribes surrounding the immediate area.
While all attention on @JustinTrudeau Trans Mountain pipeline announcement, keep in mind extractive industry respon… https://t.co/rxhx9DMKLX— Pam Palmater (@Pam Palmater)1560886519.0
Pipelines have burst and penetrated into groundwater before, but the Prime Minister has assured local Indigenous groups that they will have a stake in the project.
The Government of Canada has re-approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion saying they have fulfilled their dut… https://t.co/qHNAahTb6g— Centre for Constitutional Studies (@Centre for Constitutional Studies)1560894601.0
Of course, many Canadians are skeptical about the sincerity of Trudeau's promises attached to the controversial pipeline project. Some accuse of him playing a political game with the voters of Alberta, who are polling at 55% Conservative.
Many say @peoplespca is splitting the conservative vote from @CPC_HQ. Well @JustinTrudeau just lost the leftist/env… https://t.co/LRnE9Olnyd— TradeTheTrader (@TradeTheTrader)1560895072.0
It seems that the Prime Minister has slightly hindered his chances in the upcoming election after approving a pipeline that some experts consider dangerous.
We haven't even mentioned the potential dangers caused to B.C.'s orca population, as oil tanker traffic in the region is expected to be unprecedented.
Only does @JustinTrudeau 1. Acknowledge the #genocide of the Indigenous people 2. Declare a #ClimateEmergency AND 3… https://t.co/Hm1RG5wwst— Amber (@Amber)1560895153.0
It seems that only time will tell whether this announcement will work out in the Prime Minister's favour. So far, it doesn't seem like it.