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Trans Mountain purchase sparking debate during Question Period

B.C. provincial New Democrat Jenny Kwan pauses for a moment prior to announcing her run for the federal NDP during a gathering in Vancouver on Jan. 25, 2015. The New Democrats are calling on the Liberal government to do more to fill the gaps left by U.S. President Donald Trump's temporary immigration ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries and his indefinite bar to Syrian refugees. NDP MP Kwan says the Liberal government should lift the cap on the number of refugees who can be privately sponsored, which is currently set at 1,000 and was reached over the weekend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Canada’s purchase of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline is still sparking debate in Ottawa.

During today’s Question Period, New Democrat MP for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant Jenny Kwan attacked Kinder Morgan for failing to immediately report how bad a recent spill near Kamloops was nearly five times bigger than initially reported, as well as failing to report monthly–and mandatory–monitoring reports.

“Knowing about these violations and all the risks, why on Earth would the government bail out Kinder Morgan with billions of Canadians’ hard-earned money?” she said.

“It is critically important that we diversify our export markets, all the while making historical investments to protect our environment. While the NDP’s plan is to keep Canadian resources locked into a single market, we’re working to protect and create Canadian jobs.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to defend the $4.5-billion investment saying it is “critically important that we diversify our export markets” to protect Canadian jobs, as well as the environment.