Nenshi: Montreal mayor "celebrating the loss of great Canadian jobs."
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Nenshi: Montreal mayor "celebrating the loss of great Canadian jobs."

Calgary’s mayor has blasted his Montreal counterpart following the cancellation of the Energy East pipeline project.

Montreal mayor Denis Coderre tweeted that Trans Canada’s decision was a “major victory” for the municipal world, saying he and his colleagues had made a difference on that project.

Naheed Nenshi accused Coderre of being short sighted.

“I love that he’s celebrating the fact that he will continue to use oil from Venezuela and Saudi Arabia that travels by pipeline under the St. Lawrence Seaway, or by tanker up the St. Lawrence Seaway and that he’s celebrating the loss of great Canadian jobs,” Nenshi said.

Nenshi said TransCanada’s surprise cancellation of the Energy East pipeline is an example of the problems in the regulatory system for pipelines and that the National Energy Board needs a process based on science that takes into account the energy industry and the environment.

Last month, TransCanada asked for the suspension of regulatory hearings so it could review an NEB panel’s decision to allow consideration of greenhouse gas emissions caused by producing and processing the oil transported in the pipeline.