Protests have continued to grow as oil spills have repeated, with eight major oil spills occurring in the last ten years in Canada alone. However as increasing climate research has led to climate change being taken increasingly seriously by scientists and the general public alike, environmental issues have become one of the main pressing issues affecting Canada and the world in recent years. The implications of Trudeau’s policies concerning government owned pipeline expansion seem however at odds with his self proclaimed “unwavering commitment to fight climate change” narrative, and the Canadian government should rethink their involvement with such environmentally risky practices.
The first oil pipelines in Canada were the Interprovincial pipeline that began moving oil in 1950 and then the Trans Mountain pipeline that opened in 1953. The first debate on the Canadian pipeline issue however took place in the 1950's over the TransCanada pipeline, the countries first natural gas pipeline, which attracted public attention when five and a half kilometres of pipeline exploded in 1957. But it wasn’t until numerous oil spills in the 1970’s, the worst of these being the SS Arrow oil spill with 11,330 tons of crude oil covering 75 miles of coastline, that pipelines became a heavily protested issue.