Trudeau’s pipeline dilemma: lose seats in B.C., or lose a lot more elsewhere

Finding the right political balance between the environment and the economy isn’t easy for any party. For Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, it’s especially awkward.

The dispute over the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline is only the most recent — and potentially the most volatile — example of this problem.

British Columbia’s government doesn’t want the project to go ahead. Both the federal government and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley argue that the pipeline expansion is in the national interest and say B.C. Premier John Horgan should back down.

Trudeau and his handlers do not want the pipeline built, any pipeline, they want to shut oil down, period. The best case scenario for the LPC is to lay the blame on “intransigent” provinces while pretending to support Kinder-Morgan.