Liberal decisions on Wet'suwet'en, Teck crises will make it clear what this government really stands for

Posted In: News Date:Feb 19th, 2020

This column is an opinion by Keith Stewart, a senior energy strategist for Greenpeace Canada and a lecturer on energy and environmental policy at the University of Toronto. For more information about CBC's Opinion section, please see the FAQ.

The minority government is facing its first real test, and its decisions will telegraph to Canadians what the federal Liberal party really stands for.

The problems at home dogged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau through his tour across Africa and Europe last week as he tried to drum up support for Canada's bid for a United Nations Security Council seat, and they've come to a head since his return to Ottawa.

First, Liberal Members of Parliament openly urged Trudeau to reject Teck Resources Ltd.'s proposed Frontier oil sands mine, which if built would generate millions of tonnes of carbon pollution until 2067. Then, following RCMP raids on Wet'suwet'en Land Defenders resisting the Coastal Gaslink pipeline, a cascade of solidarity blockades brought rail traffic across swaths of Canada to a standstill.