REGINA – The interim leader of the federal Conservatives is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take a clear stand and explain his policy on pipeline approval.
Rona Ambrose and Trudeau were both in Saskatchewan on Tuesday, with Trudeau spending time with aboriginal leaders in Fort Qu’Appelle and Ambrose touring a steel plant and meeting business leaders in Regina.
She told a provincial radio show on CJME/CKOM that the uncertainty of Trudeau’s positions are not good for job creation or business investment.
She maintained that Trudeau has been “waffling” on his position on pipelines since the election campaign.
She also questioned why the prime minister didn’t mention anything publicly about the Keystone XL pipeline on his recent visit to the White House.
Trudeau is scheduled to meet with Premier Brad Wall on Wednesday, where pipelines are expected to be part of the conversation.
“He actually has to stand up when he’s here,” said Ambrose. “Because this is a province, like Alberta, that needs these jobs. (He must) once and for all say that he supports pipelines and that he’ll champion them and if they get through his process, that he’ll approve them.”
Ambrose described the current pipeline approval process as “vague” and insisted that it creates too much uncertainty in the oil industry, which translates into more job losses.