VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jan. 06 2014, 8:02 PM EST
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 07 2014, 6:59 AM EST
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says his government’s drive to diversify Canada’s energy markets doesn’t make cabinet approval of the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project a foregone conclusion.
During a 30-minute Q&A session hosted by the Vancouver Board of Trade, Mr. Harper said on Monday that his cabinet will balance economic and environmental interests as it makes a final decision on whether to approve the $6-billion project to link the Alberta oil sands with Kitimat, B.C. Oil would then be shipped to foreign markets by tanker.
“We will not approve projects unless they are not only in our economic interests, but also meet the highest standards of environmental protection.” Mr. Harper told Iain Black, the president of the Vancouver Board of Trade, who was the lone questioner during the session before a sold-out audience of 530 people in a downtown hotel.