Mulcair slams Enbridge's proposed 9B pipeline reversal
Federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair came out against Enbridge's controversial 9B pipeline reversal today at a forum in Repentigny, Quebec, citing a lack of trust in the environmental regulation system, the CBC reported today.
"There is no longer a valid, credible system of environmental regulation anymore," he said in French.
"Mr. Harper perhaps thought he would give a gift to oil companies...but in fact, he gave a poisoned chalice," he said.
Mulcair was especially worried about the lack of clear answers to questions about the risks of oil pipelines carrying heavy bitumen oil.
"It's a technical, scientific question to know if bitumen with condensate products -- highly toxic, maybe even carcinogenic -- will cause faster corrosion and spills," he said.
"It's a technical question. Normally, when you have a credible environmental regulation system, this kind of thing can be observed, but there is no system of environmental regulation in Canada, with Stephen Harper. So, people have to say 'no' to this, because you absolutely cannot trust them to produce a result that is safe for the environment."
Listen to the full interview (in French).