Pipeline project, wildfires top agenda for first meeting between Trudeau, Horgan

Premier John Horgan smiles at cabinet members after being sworn-in as Premier at Government House in Victoria, B.C., on July 18, 2017. (Chad Hipolito / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By The Canadian Press, July 25, 2017 

OTTAWA — The debate around the future of the planned TransMountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia could intensify today when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets new B.C. Premier John Horgan for the first time.

Horgan was sworn into office last week after an unprecedented photo-finish election that saw former premier Christy Clark’s short-lived minority Liberal government defeated and Horgan’s NDP take over with the backing of the Green party.

Trudeau’s government approved the $7.4-billion pipeline expansion project last fall but Horgan campaigned against it and has pledged to fight the project with every tool at his disposal.

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