Pipeline politics leave Canada's prime minister in peril
With one surprise court ruling, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces the risk of contesting next year's election with key pieces of his economic and environmental plans in ruins. The Federal Court of Appeal overturned on Aug. 30 the Liberal government's 2016 approval to expand Trans Mountain, a critical pipeline to link Canadian crude with foreign markets, followed hours later by Alberta's tit-for-tat withdrawal from Trudeau's climate plan. The day's events amplified criticism that Trudeau has failed to produce a regulatory system in which oil pipelines stand a chance of approval and undermined the PM's ambitions to reduce emissions.
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