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Energy East pipeline gets support from Quebec businesses, unions

A file photo of pipes to be used for building a pipeline are shown.
A file photo of pipes to be used for building a pipeline are shown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alex Panetta

A coalition of business groups and unions in Quebec is coming out in favour of TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project.

Representatives from several business federations and two large unions said today the pipeline will bring much needed economic development and jobs to the province.

READ MORE: Trade unions back Energy East oil pipeline

The announcement comes just days before the National Energy Board holds hearings about the pipeline on Monday in Montreal.

Michel Trepanier, president of a large union of construction workers, says his members could benefit for five years from projects related to the pipeline.

The Energy East project is a 4,500-kilometre pipeline that would see crude oil transported from Alberta to Eastern Canada.

It has become controversial in Quebec with many politicians and activists coming out against the project due to environmental concerns.

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Hearings are in Montreal all next week and in Quebec City the week of Oct. 3.

Watch below: On Aug. 16, after five days of talks, the National Energy Board’s Energy East hearings have concluded in New Brunswick. TransCanada says the hearings have been key to learning about residents’ concerns, while many First Nations members say they feel the organization hasn’t been listening to what they’ve been saying. Global’s Jeremy Keefe has more.

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First Nations reiterate concerns on final day of NEB Hearings in New Brunswick – Aug 16, 2016

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