Ambrose Points Out Trudeau Policy Gap on Bombardier, Pipelines

Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose says Prime Minster Justin Trudeau risks hurting western Canada by providing a bailout to Bombardier Inc. while creating delays in reviewing TransCanada Corp.’s oil-sands pipeline.

“From a political viewpoint is the fact that there are hundreds of companies in Alberta and Saskatchewan going out of business and they will never ever get a bailout,” Ambrose, interim leader of the Conservative Party, said Tuesday during an interview with Pamela Ritchie on Bloomberg TV Canada. 

Bombardier is in talks about government financing for the C Series aircraft, which is suffering from cost overruns and production delays. Trudeau has said for months that the decision rests on the Montreal-based firm’s business case.

Calgary-based TransCanada hit another obstacle Tuesday as Quebec’s provincial government sought a legal legal injunction against the Energy East pipeline. Project approvals remain under federal jurisdiction and Trudeau should take more control of the file, Ambrose said.

“We do need to see leadership from the prime minister,” she said. “Now we are worrying about mayors and premiers and everybody’s getting involved, First Nations having a veto. It’s becoming very political and very complicated of a process now.”

TransCanada faces opposition to its project within Canada’s second most populous province. In January, a group of mayors led by Montreal’s Denis Coderre came out against Energy East while Premier Philippe Couillard has set seven conditions for Quebec’s support and given no deadline for a decision.

At the federal level, the Trudeau’s Liberals hold a large bloc of seats in Quebec, while the Conservatives are strongest in Alberta. Earlier Tuesday, the prime minister spoke at a sustainable development conference in Vancouver and said Canada needs to focus on “clean” growth while declining comment on the Quebec injunction motion.

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