Kamloops (July 2, 2020): Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, responded today to the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an appeal on the federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
“Today the Supreme Court of Canada ended the lengthy court battles against TMX, allowing construction to continue on this vital job-creating project.” said MP McLeod. “The benefits to local communities and First Nations across our region are extensive, and are especially crucial amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“I travelled the pipeline route from Edmonton to Burnaby in January 2019, meeting local leadership who were waiting for the financial, environmental and community benefits for their municipalities,” MP McLeod stated. “As the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision stated in February, 95% of Indigenous groups potentially impacted by TMX either support, or do not oppose, the project. Further, 43 First Nations painstakingly negotiated agreements containing millions of dollars in benefits, job training, employment and business opportunities.”
“Today’s decision was a victory for local municipalities and First Nations, and a victory for Canada’s clean, ethical resources,” Cathy McLeod concluded.