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Pipeline isn't about 'punishing' B.C., it's about what's in the national interest, Trudeau says

Pipeline isn't about 'punishing' B.C., it's about what's in the national interest, Trudeau says
From CBC - April 14, 2018

Efforts to see the Trans Mountain pipeline through to completion are not about punishing people from B.C., but about ensuring a project in the national interest gets built,Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday at the close of the Summit of the Americas in Lima.

"This is not about punishing British Columbians, this is not about hurting Canadians, this is about bringing forward a project in the national interest," he said.

At the summit's closing news conference in Peru, Trudeau said Sunday's meeting in Ottawa between himself and the premiers of B.C. and Alberta will beabout bringing people together.

"Although there are folks on all sides of this debate who have looked to polarize and raise the temperature on this debate, the federal government has a responsibility to bring Canadians together and to do things that are in our national interest," he said.

"We will do it in such a way that does notseek to further polarize or raise the temperature in this debate. We are looking to continue to bring people together. We will continue to do things that are responsible to get this pipeline built."

While Trudeau emphasized his willingness to bring parties together, he remained firm in his commitment to ensure the pipeline is built.

"The conversation I will have with the premiers tomorrow [Sunday] morning will emphasize that we are going to get that pipeline built," he said.

Trudeauhad initially planned to travel from Peru to Paris before moving on to London, where he is scheduled to have an audience with the Queen.

Even as Trudeau prepared to leave for Lima on Thursday, he was not scheduled to meet with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and B.C. Premier Jon Horgan,but that changed while his plane was still on the runway when notice of the meeting was released to the media.

"It became very clear that the level of polarization around this debate required significant measures," Trudeau said of the change to his itinerary.

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