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Trudeau’s decision to expand oil pipeline contradicts his climate credentials, might backfire in the upcoming elections

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has created an impression of himself as a Leader in the challenge against climate change while pressing to spread an oil pipeline to support producers facing challenges, a contravention that might result into adverse effects on his re-election bid scheduled for next month.

Trudeau’s Liberal government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline for 4.5 billion Canadian dollars in 2018 to assure the progress in expansion but the project was halted by a court order that blocked it saying the government was unsuccessful in satisfactory consultation with citizens living along the path on which the pipeline is scheduled to be laid on.

The government had provided approval for the project again in June this year following which the work started again but the pipeline was challenged by another hurdle last morning after a federal court ordered that only six legal challenges by First Nation Groups to move forward will be approved by the court.

Canada stands as the world’s fourth-largest producer of crude and the energy industry that accounts for almost 11% annual nominal GDP.

Though the pipeline widening is seen as a hike in Canadian crude exports, it comes as a possible setback for Trudeau as it has been facing intense opposition from environmentalists and various other groups as he is known to be someone who promised to lead a path for global action on climate change when he took charge as the PM four years ago.

According to a senior energy strategist at Greenpeace Canada, “ It is disappointing because he took charge with a lot of promises to handle politics differently which hasn’t been implemented.”

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