June 18, 2014 4:02 pm
Updated: June 18, 2014 8:18 pm

Northern Gateway a ‘maybe,’ Conservative spokesman says

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Watch above: A day after the federal government gave the green light for the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, Conservative MPs weren’t exactly selling the controversial project. Vassy Kapelos reports.

OTTAWA – A day after accepting a review panel’s recommendation to impose more than 200 conditions on the Northern Gateway project, a government spokesman is now insisting the Conservatives have not approved the pipeline.

Instead, it’s just “a maybe,” a spokesman for Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford says.

“It’s a ‘maybe,’” Chris McCluskey wrote in a tweet Wednesday.

READ MORE: Feds aren’t only ones unsure about approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline

McCluskey was responding to a tweet by Global News that reported NDP Leader Tom Mulcair was slamming the government for issuing a short news release approving the pipeline project, while none of the 21 Conservative MPs from British Columbia spoke out.

WATCH: Thomas Mulcair accuses B.C. Conservatives of being in “the witness protection program”

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On Tuesday, the Conservative government announced it had accepted an independent panel’s recommendation to impose 209 conditions on the Northern Gateway proposal.

“Today constitutes another step in the process,” Rickford said in a news release.

A federal joint review said in December that the pipeline project is in the public interest, but provided Enbridge with a list of 209 conditions that would need to be met before the project can come to B.C.

The 1,177-kilometre, $6.5-billion Northern Gateway project would transport 525,000 barrels per day of oil products from outside Edmonton to Kitimat on the northern B.C. coast.

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