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Trudeau’s Likely Pact With Pipeline Foes Spurs Oil Sector Angst

  • Industry leaders expect uncertainty from minority government
  • Worries arise over future of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
A pro-pipeline rally in front of Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Feb. 19, 2019.

A pro-pipeline rally in front of Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Feb. 19, 2019.

Photographer: David Kawai/Bloomberg

The prospect of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sharing power with parties that are more stridently in favor of fighting climate-change is already causing concern among leaders of the nation’s energy industry.

Trudeau won reelection Monday night, but lost his majority in parliament, meaning the New Democratic Party will likely have a say in how the nation is governed. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has said the federal government shouldn’t be allowed to push through pipelines in provinces that don’t want them. The Liberals and NDP combined have more than enough seats to form a majority, though Trudeau can also turn to other parties for support.