Despite Trans Mountain Expansion receiving approval from the Canadian energy regulator and the green light from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, opponents aren’t giving up. What they’re really hoping for is a minority government headed by a socialist premier who has already declared his hostility to the project.
The May 9 British Columbia election ended with a “hung legislature,” that is, none of the three main political parties won the 44 seats needed for a majority. Incumbent Liberal premier Christy Clark—a supporter of Kinder Morgan Inc.’s (NYSE: KMI) pipeline from Alberta to the West Coast—came close with 43 seats. Next was John Horgan, leader of the leftist New Democratic Party with 41, followed by Andrew Weaver’s Green Party with three.