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Trudeau’s Northern Gateway snub a page torn from President Obama’s playbook

In Montreal this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left the impression he’s not going to take a new look at the now permit-less Northern Gateway pipeline, likely putting the project on the backburner for as long as he’s in power.

It’s what the Federal Court of Appeal asked his cabinet to do in last week’s 153-page decision as a way to remedy “inadequate” consultation by the Crown with impacted aboriginal communities.

Meanwhile, the court took the draconian step of quashing the project’s permits, granted by the previous Conservative government after years of regulatory hearings, planning, consultations, and more than half…

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