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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Edmonton, promises Trans Mountain ‘is going to be built’

Trudeau visits Edmonton and supports pipeline expansion
WATCH ABOVE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Edmonton on Thursday and he weighed in on the bitumen battle between Alberta and B.C. Tom Vernon has the latest.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Edmonton, with a number of stops planned before his big town hall Thursday night.

Trudeau’s day started at the Mill Woods Seniors Centre, where a large crowd had gathered.

Trudeau took part in a game of pickle ball, and met a number of people in attendance.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a game of pickle ball at the Mill Woods Seniors Centre during his visit to Edmonton on Feb. 1, 2018.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a game of pickle ball at the Mill Woods Seniors Centre during his visit to Edmonton on Feb. 1, 2018. Tom Vernon, Global News
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits with Edmontonians at the Mill Woods Senior Centre during a visit to the city Feb. 1, 2018.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits with Edmontonians at the Mill Woods Senior Centre during a visit to the city Feb. 1, 2018. Dave Carels, Global News
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits with Edmontonians at the Mill Woods Senior Centre during a visit to the city Feb. 1, 2018.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits with Edmontonians at the Mill Woods Senior Centre during a visit to the city Feb. 1, 2018. Dave Carels, Global News
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits with Edmontonians at the Mill Woods Senior Centre during a visit to the city Feb. 1, 2018.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits with Edmontonians at the Mill Woods Senior Centre during a visit to the city Feb. 1, 2018. Dave Carels, Global News
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits with Edmontonians at the Mill Woods Senior Centre during a visit to the city Feb. 1, 2018.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits with Edmontonians at the Mill Woods Senior Centre during a visit to the city Feb. 1, 2018. Dave Carels, Global News

The media has been told Trudeau won’t take questions before the town hall event Thursday evening, but he made a quick appearance on the Ryan Jespersen Show on 630 CHED earlier in the day.

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During the interview, he pledged support for the Trans Mountain pipeline.

“That pipeline is going to get built.”

Watch below: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s latest town hall tour has brought tough questions from Canadians in different cities and that trend is expected to continue when he speaks to Edmontonians on Thursday night. Vinesh Pratap reports.

Edmontonians line up to attend town hall event with Justin Trudeau
Edmontonians line up to attend town hall event with Justin Trudeau

On Wednesday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley vowed retaliation after B.C. proposed banning the expansion of oil imports unless shippers prove they can clean up spills. That poses a big threat to Alberta’s recovering economy.

READ MORE: Alberta premier says B.C. will face consequences over plan to ban increased oil shipments

Trudeau said the situation between British Columbia and Alberta is one that may require federal intervention.

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“Provinces have differences of opinion and different approaches all the time, and one of the reasons we have a national government to oversee national interests is to step up for the interests of all Canadians, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”

LISTEN: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with 630 CHED

Trudeau added it’s important to get Alberta oil to foreign markets with what he calls “responsible projects like the Trans Mountain.”

“We can’t be simply trapped in the American market. That’s why getting this pipeline built, which has been wanted for a long time, is something that this government is serious about.”

READ MORE: B.C. gears up for potential legal battle with Alberta over pipelines

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Trudeau added the federal regulatory process already addressed the issues that B.C. is concerned about.

“We were assured, and we did the science and we did the research, the Kinder Morgan pipeline is not a danger to the B.C. coast,” he said. “Particularly not, given the billions of dollars we’ve invested in the Oceans Protection Plan.”

READ MORE: Justin Trudeau to bring town hall tour to Edmonton Thursday

Trudeau will also visit the Tawa Park Drainage Improvements before the 7 p.m. town hall. There, he will field questions from Edmontonians. For more details, including how to attend, click here.

Watch: The prime minister is expected to take some tough questions at the Edmonton stop of his cross country town hall meetings. But first, Justin Trudeau made a couple of stops around the city. Julia Wong reports live from one of his events.

Justin Trudeau visits seniors in Edmonton’s Mill Woods area Thursday
Justin Trudeau visits seniors in Edmonton’s Mill Woods area Thursday