Tories deny responsibility for 'critical' Trans Mountain mistake made under Stephen Harper's watch - 2018-09-04
Federal Conservatives denied responsibility on Tuesday for a "critical" mistake made under their watch, which has left a major west coast oil pipeline and tanker expansion in limbo.
Instead, Tory MPs pointed the finger at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government for failing in its own due diligence, in the wake of a stunning Aug. 30 decision by the Federal Court of Appeal. The ruling quashed Trudeau's November 2016 approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Moments later, shareholders of Texas-based Kinder Morgan voted almost unanimously to sell their interests in existing Trans Mountain pipeline system to the Canadian government for $4.5 billion.
While the ruling blamed both the Harper and Trudeau governments for the mistakes that led it to revoke the approval, Tory finance critic Pierre Poilievre summoned reporters to a news conference on Tuesday to criticize Trudeau.