On the PM’s agenda: The economy and the Northern Gateway pipeline


OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper will begin the first full week of 2014 trying to keep public attention focused on the economy and touting the benefits of Canada’s booming natural resources sector.

The PM is expected to highlight the recently signed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union when he speaks to business leaders today in Vancouver.

An agreement in principle was inked by Harper and European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso in October.

However, ratification of the deal could take another two years.

On the first day of a swing through Western Canada, Harper will take part in a question and answer session with the CEO of Vancouver’s Board of Trade.

In what has become a common event for Harper, the prime minister will sit down to an informal chat with the board’s Iain Black, but is not expected to take any questions from the media.

While Harper has used such events to insist that his government remains focused on creating jobs and steadily rebuilding the economy, the politics of pipelines is sure to be top of mind in Vancouver.

Regulators have approved Enbridge’s proposed $8 billion Northern Gateway pipeline that would see Alberta crude flow to Kitimat on the west coast, so long as 209 conditions are met.

But the federal government has not yet said whether it will allow the project to go ahead.

Construction of the pipeline faces legal challenges from First Nations communities, and stiff opposition in B.C.

New Democrat Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair has also predicted that the project will never be completed.

Later today, Harper will take part in a photo op with Industry Minister James Moore at the Village Museum in Burnaby, B.C.


On the PM’s agenda: The economy and the Northern Gateway pipeline

  1. This is how Harper gets away with politicking on the taxpayers dime. Its called Puff the Fluff Harper CONservative Roadshow.

    • speaking of fluff and puffing, ever heard of justina Trudeau

      • “justina”
        Oh, I get it! He’s just like a woman, and women are vain, shallow, and contemptable.
        Ladies and gentlemen, you’re CPC base!

        • You’re projecting Lenna

          • Really. Maybe it’s you Billy boob.

          • You’re still hard aground on that lee shore KC…….hahaha.

          • Yes indeed…har har har skipper

          • Sure, Bob. Now, you’ll tell us why feminizing names is such a clever, and not at all misogynistic, insult.

          • I don’t hate women Lenna, I hate vain, shallow, and contemptible idiot’s like you.

          • No, can’t tell us, Bob?
            That’s a shame.

          • I gave you my point of view, what I didn’t give you was the explanation that a lefturd such as yourself wanted.

          • There, there, bob. I wasn’t really expecting you to be able to defend yourself.

          • insult? u mean like the other article MC is running about Trudeau running dates to get votes???? wats ur thoughts on that id really love to know

          • no i meaned like the reeson u wuz all like witty and evrthng callin him justina LOL go argos

          • i wasnt being witty, Justin in french is justina its not a joke lol

          • Uh, no it isn’t.
            Anyhow, good luck tying your shoes or whatever it is you’ve got on the agenda today.

      • I know, this stuff must really get you. there is a medication for that, its called ” Vote for Justin in 2015 “, because if you don’t, its a chance that all your huffing and puffing will continue.

        • no the fluff us diffidently whats inside his brain, the puff is what hes been smoking which leads to the first part in the sentence

        • more like the poison pill. what color is the cool-aid justins been serving??

    • Not really roots, I think it is called acting Prime Ministerial by supporting a vital sector of Canada’s economic engine for the benefit of all Canadians and doing what we elected him to do.

  2. The Northern Gateway project will be approved by the federal cabinet after Alberta and BC reach agreement and the affected native communities get the dollars and jobs needed to appease them.

    As for the small but vocal lefturd ecotard opposition to the project, they can go pound sand and maybe think about getting real jobs.

    • This is just the kind of PR that Gateway has needed – what a breakthrough BB.