It was a big day in the heartland.
 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a stop in Sherwood Park at the Kinder Morgan Terminal Tuesday afternoon (Jun.5).
 
The PM met with staff at the facility roughly a week after the federal government announced their intentions to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline.
 
"We need to move forward in responsible ways that get our resources to market while we protect the environment," said Trudeau. "Moving forward on this pipeline gets us access to a new market that's not the United States."
 
06052018Trudeau3PM Justin Trudeau made a stop in Sherwood Park on Tuesday.
 
The $4.5 billion purchase from Kinder Morgan will see construction on the much-debated pipeline expansion project resume this summer.
 
"We lose about $15 billion a year because we are prisoners of a single market," added Trudeau. "There are still folks out here who think there's a choice to be made between protecting the environment and growing the economy. We know that a responsible government needs to do both of those together."
 
The expansion project will see a new pipeline built alongside an existing pipeline from Strathcona County to Burnaby, increasing daily capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels. Also, improving market access to Asia.
 
06052018Trudeau2PM Justin Trudeau made a stop in Sherwood Park on Tuesday.
 
Outside of the Kinder Morgan south terminal, around seven protesters displayed their displeasure with the purchase.
 
06052018Trudeau4Protesters stood outside of Kinder Morgan with signs on Tuesday.

"Albertan workers deserve better than this deal. The vast majority of these jobs are temporary and will not be held by workers belonging to a building trades union," said protester Bronwen Tucker of Climate Justice Edmonton.

 

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