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Justin Trudeau: the Weight Around Kyle Harrietha's Neck

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If you asked Dave Cournoyer, Kyle Harrietha coulda been a contender. But that was a long time ago.

May 12, in fact. But in politics, 30 days can be an eternity. Just ask Tim Hudak.

It was also before Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government approved the Northern Gateway Pipeline (albeit with 209 conditions) and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau decided to throw any chance Harrietha had of winning the riding away. He's declared that if he becomes Prime Minister in 2015 he'll overturn the approval of the pipeline.

That alone is one thing. The other is that Trudeau has apparently not been paying attention.

Trudeau acknowledges that it's important to get Albertan resources to market. Which is good. But he prefers Eastern Canadian markets. That in itself would also be good, if he didn't prefer Eastern Canadian markets alone. And as for how to approve infrastructure projects to get Albertan resources to market?

“But the way to do that is not simply to rubber stamp a project from Ottawa, but to get people to appreciate that this is a project that is going to be in the long-term best interest of Canadians and future generations," Trudeau declared.

Thanks for joining us, Justin. Perhaps you may have taken notice of the years-long regulatory process that finally concluded in the project's approval. The Joint Review Panel which received thousands of submissions, held dozens of hearings, and heard testimony from an absolutely staggering number of people.

And after all of that, attached 209 conditions to the approval of the project.

That's a rubber stamp process?

That's an absolutely bizarre claim. It's an insult to the citizens of Fort McMurray, who have just spent years waiting on baited breath to find out whether or not the fruits of their labour will make it to market, and to see if their community will continue to grow and prosper. They will without a doubt take that out on Harrietha.

Goodbye, Kyle Harrietha. You coulda been a contender. But that was a long time ago.