Northern Gateway hopes to change Trudeau's mind

Northern Gateway says it hopes to sit down with Justin Trudeau, despite the incoming prime minister's vow to kill the project if elected.

While campaigning Justin Trudeau pledged to kill Northern Gateway if elected prime minister

A group of protesters gathers outside the Northern Gateway hearings in Prince Rupert in December 2012. (Jonathan Hayward / Canadian Press)

While on the campaign trail Justin Trudeau went on record with his strong opposition to the Northern Gateway Pipeline, so it would be fair to assume his election win means certain death for the project.

But no so fast says Northern Gateway.

Communications Manager Ivan Giesbrect told CBC in an emailed statement, "We look forward to the opportunity to sit down with the new Prime Minister and his government to provide an update on the progress of our project and our partnerships with First Nations and Métis people in Alberta and B.C."

"We're further along [with those partnerships] than may have been perceived."

Last summer Trudeau went on the record stating, "If I win the honour of serving as prime minister, the Northern Gateway Project will not happen. I've been to that part of the world. I've met with many who make their living off the pristine coastal waters. It is just not a place for a pipeline."

Geibrect's statement continues "We share the vision of the Trudeau Government that energy projects must incorporate world-leading environmental standards and First Nations and Métis ownership."

If built, the Northern Gateway Pipeline would carry diluted bitumen 1,177 kilometres from Alberta to a marine terminal to be build near Kitimat.

The proposal has been met with stiff opposition from a wide spectrum including First Nations groups and a number of communities.

With files from Betsy Trumpener

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