Trudeau promises no Northern Gateway if he beats Harper in 2015
Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau reiterated during a visit to Vancouver's Douglas Park that if he can win the 2015 election, he will work to nix the Northern Gateway pipeline. That said, he's not against to all oil pipelines being proposed for BC.
"Those Canadians have not been assured that a catastrophic spill would be prevented...That's why, if I'm given the honour of becoming Prime Minister in 2015, I will work to make sure Northern Gateway does not happen."
He added, though, that he also feels the Alberta oil sands crude needs to nonetheless make it to other markets. Canada currently exports most of its oil in the U.S., and has struggled to reach lucrative markets in Asia.
He and others said they were deeply concerned about the new citizenship bill, Bill C-24, which makes citizenship harder to obtain and gives the citizenship minister unprecedented powers to strip a person's citizenship.
"With the Conservatives, we're not feeling integrated --It feels like they're making policies without us," agreed Navdeep Bahl. "But Trudeau, meanwhile, is an impressive politician. If he makes a mistake, he admits it."
"I don't agree with their support of Israel, which is a bit extreme. Other parties are more measured. I think the Conservatives have missed a lot of economic opportunities by stifling scientific research. There's also a good amount of research that shows that good environmental policies lead to good economic policies."
"He's speaking very much the same as the Conservatives, or at least he hasn't come out strongly against the violence," said Ann Grant, one of the protesters, who said the crisis did not have to do with cultural background, but was a "human issue" on which opposition MPs should not remain neutral.