Daniel Halliday
Dec 5 · Last update 1 mo. ago.
Should the Canadian Trans Mountain pipeline expansion go ahead?
The issue of oil pipelines has been a matter of controversy in Canada for many decades, and this latest expansion is not without its share of debate. For this year’s International Mountain Day should we not consider the long term implication of such a project? With that in mind should this project really go ahead? un.org/en/events/mountainday
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Canada should go ahead due to the economic benefits
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First Nations people: Impact and choice
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This rekindling of an old issue in Canada now has bigger implications
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Canada should go ahead due to the economic benefits

Such a project will help the government boost the economy to the point of being able to do more about climate change. Climate change is such a massive issue, economically benefiting in the short term is the only realistic way to address the massive price tag effective climate change policy will hold for the Canadian government. Canada also has a skilled labour shortage and is addressing this with unprecedented levels of migration, any possible employment opportunities will have a positive effect on the economy. New projects such as this represent a large employment opportunity, important for one of the leading immigrant friendly countries in the world.

theguardian.pe.ca/news/trans-mountain-controversy-follows-trudeau-to-london-202794 cbc.ca/news/canada/does-canada-really-have-a-skilled-labour-shortage-1.1342392

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First Nations people: Impact and choice

First Nations people groups first became involved in this dispute in the 1970’s fearing a pipeline expansion would endanger not only the environment and wildlife in the region but would also complicate the many ongoing land and resource claims with the government. Despite previous reports leading to government bans on pipeline expansion, development went ahead in the 80’s and the rights and wishes of the indigenous people in this region continued to be overlooked. However one proposed model for integrating First Nation’s people groups as majority shareholders, and giving them control over environmental protection schemes that can be put in place may change this long lasting standoff. The Eagle Spirit pipeline group currently has the support of 34 out of 35 First Nation groups to go ahead with a pipeline deal that may be beneficial for indigenous peoples, the environment and the Canadian economy alike.

theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/08/canada-oil-pipeline-first-nations-proposal-indigenous-rights

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This rekindling of an old issue in Canada now has bigger implications

The first debate on the Canadian pipeline issue took place in the 1950's over the TransCanada pipeline, the countries first natural gas pipeline. 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. 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 becoming such a pressing issue in recent years, the implications of Trudeau’s policies concerning government owned pipeline expansion seem at odds with his self proclaimed “unwavering commitment to fight climate change” narrative. pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2017/06/01/statement-prime-minister-canada-response-united-states-decision-withdraw-paris

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