‘Obviously, there is real anxiety and real frustration out in Alberta from people who have been having a really tough go’: Trudeau

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau -— during a meeting with the Edmonton Mayor — acknowledged Alberta’s frustration with the federal government.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna in Ottawa Friday.

”We recognize, obviously, there is real anxiety and real frustration out in Alberta from people who have been having a really tough go of it over these past years,” said Trudeau.

Mayor Iveson said the Liberals could alleviate some of the western alienation frustration by moving ahead with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

When shovels go in the ground, that will quell some of the anxiety because I think they did mean it all along and it’s actually a shame that there’s still some doubt about that.

– Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson

“When shovels go in the ground, that will quell some of the anxiety because I think they did mean it all along and it’s actually a shame that there’s still some doubt about that,” he said.

Mayor Iveson also said the City of Edmonton expects results from the federal Liberal government.

“We expect practical solutions to the challenges we face.”

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Prime Minister Trudeau reaffirmed his commitment to work collaboratively with Mayor Iveson to support Edmonton’s priorities for economic and social development.

On Twitter, Trudeau said, “Our government will always be a strong partner for Edmonton.”

“The partnerships we’ve had in Edmonton on infrastructure, on fighting homelessness, on housing have been significant, but there’s always more to do,” said Trudeau.

The politicians discussed shared investments made in priority public transit projects through the Investing in Canada Plan, which is aimed at improving commutes, cutting air pollution, and investments in housing to ensure residents of Edmonton have access to a range of affordable housing.

They also discussed construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion project and its importance to Alberta’s economy.

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The politicians agreed to continue collaborating on Edmonton’s priorities.

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The Liberals bought the pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion in 2018. Endless delays in construction of the pipeline have fuelled anger at the Trudeau government.

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The premiers meet next week in Ontario.

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George Brownwell / Alberta Press

george@albertapressleader.ca

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