It’s not quite the launch of the long-awaited national inquiry into Canada’s crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.
But it’s close.
The federal government’s approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipelineis somewhat anticlimactic: It’s been expected since a Joint Review Panel gave the project a green light (with 209 conditions) late last year.
But now the gloves come off: A quintet of lawsuits seeking to overturn that review panel decision, put on hold in light of Ottawa’s pending decision, is poised to recommence, likely amid more litigation taking issue with the decision itself.
The federal Conservatives gave the green light Tuesday to one of the biggest energy projects out there – a $6.5-billion pipeline promising to open Alberta’s oilsands to the Asian market at the rate of more than half a million barrels a day.
But they seemed awfully sheepish about it.