In the Age of Trump, many media outlets are treating Justin Trudeau as the progressive opposite to the orange man in the White House.
Buzzfeed, the New Yorker, and Rolling Stone have lauded the Canadian Prime Minister as a symbol of progressive values. But there’s a terrible fact that betrays Canadian Prime Minister’s credentials as a forward-thinking leader: Justin Trudeau’s government bought the biggest tar sands pipeline project in North America.
It’s hard to believe. But it’s true.
Bigger even than Keystone XL, the completed Trans Mountain pipeline would transport nearly 900,000 barrels of tar sands crude oil a day. Tens of thousands of Indigenous and non-indigenous land and water protectors have been standing up to this pipeline, so much so that the Texas-based Kinder Morgan decided to sell the project rather than go through the hassle.
Instead of letting this project die, Justin Trudeau bought the pipeline so that he can expand it.
We need to pressure Justin Trudeau to stop this project. But, as the climate activist Bill McKibben puts it, “Trudeau is banking on the fact that his liberal charm will soothe things over. Since he’s got Trump to point to – a true climate denier – maybe he’ll get away with it.”
Help take the shine off of Trudeau’s charm. Send a letter to these forward-thinking media outlets and tell them that Trudeau needs less cheerleading and more criticism.