Skip to main content
The Globe and Mail
Support Quality Journalism.
The Globe and Mail
First Access to Latest
Investment News
Collection of curated
e-books and guides
Inform your decisions via
Globe Investor Tools
per week
for first 24 weeks

Enjoy unlimited digital access
Cancel Anytime
Enjoy Unlimited Digital Access
Get full access to
Just $1.99per week for the first 24weeks
Just $1.99per week for the first 24weeks
var select={root:".js-sub-pencil",control:".js-sub-pencil-control",open:"o-sub-pencil--open",closed:"o-sub-pencil--closed"},dom={},allowExpand=!0;function pencilInit(o){var e=arguments.length>1&&void 0!==arguments[1]&&arguments[1];select.root=o,dom.root=document.querySelector(select.root),dom.root&&(dom.control=document.querySelector(select.control),dom.control.addEventListener("click",onToggleClicked),setPanelState(e),window.addEventListener("scroll",onWindowScroll),dom.root.removeAttribute("hidden"))}function isPanelOpen(){return dom.root.classList.contains(}function setPanelState(o){dom.root.classList[o?"add":"remove"](,dom.root.classList[o?"remove":"add"](select.closed),dom.control.setAttribute("aria-expanded",o)}function onToggleClicked(){var l=!isPanelOpen();setPanelState(l)}function onWindowScroll(){window.requestAnimationFrame(function() {var l=isPanelOpen(),n=0===(document.body.scrollTop||document.documentElement.scrollTop);n||l||!allowExpand?n&&l&&(allowExpand=!0,setPanelState(!1)):(allowExpand=!1,setPanelState(!0))});}pencilInit(".js-sub-pencil",!1); // via darwin-bg var slideIndex = 0; carousel(); function carousel() { var i; var x = document.getElementsByClassName("subs_valueprop"); for (i = 0; i < x.length; i++) { x[i].style.display = "none"; } slideIndex++; if (slideIndex> x.length) { slideIndex = 1; } x[slideIndex - 1].style.display = "block"; setTimeout(carousel, 2500); } //

Speaking in Ottawa on Wednesday, Trudeau also said a new cabinet will be sworn in on Nov. 20.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he wants the Trans Mountain pipeline project completed as “quickly as possible,” and sought to assure voters in Alberta and Saskatchewan that his re-elected government hears their concerns.

Speaking in Ottawa on Wednesday, he also said a new cabinet will be sworn in on Nov. 20, with a cut to personal income taxes as its first order of business.

Monday’s election returned the Liberals to power with a minority and no MPs from Alberta or Saskatchewan. Mr. Trudeau struck a more conciliatory tone on Wednesday than in his election victory speech, which made little mention of the rebuke voters had delivered.

Story continues below advertisement

In his first public comments since that speech, Mr. Trudeau indicated he will govern issue by issue rather than negotiating a formal arrangement with a smaller party to win confidence votes in Parliament.

He said he plans to meet with the other party leaders in the coming weeks to discuss priorities.

“Canadians sent a clear message that they expect their leaders to work together on the big issues that matter to them; two of them being the fight against climate change, and affordability,” Mr. Trudeau said.

Mr. Trudeau said he is also reaching out to political leaders in Alberta and Saskatchewan for suggestions on how those provinces can be best represented in Ottawa.

He stopped short of promising to appoint a cabinet member from outside his caucus, and said that all provinces are not always represented in cabinet. But he said he will ensure his government hears from “every corner of the country."

Some prime ministers have appointed senators from unrepresented provinces to cabinet. However, Independent Senators Group facilitator Yuen Pau Woo said such an approach would run counter to Mr. Trudeau’s plan to appoint only senators who sit as independents.

“This isn’t your grandfather’s Senate,” Mr. Woo said.

Story continues below advertisement

Michele Cadario, who was deputy chief of staff to prime minister Paul Martin, said Mr. Trudeau can ensure Alberta and Saskatchewan have a “strong voice” by recruiting people from the Prairies to the Prime Minister’s Office and as staff to cabinet ministers. And she said Mr. Trudeau and his cabinet now have more of an obligation to visit the region.

She said that the lack of Liberal MPs from the two provinces doesn’t mean a complete void. For example, cabinet minister Chrystia Freeland grew up in Alberta.

The Prime Minister indicated his positions on some of the most heated issues of the campaign have not changed. He said his government is prepared to intervene if necessary in a legal challenge of a Quebec law that restricts the wearing of religious symbols for some public servants. He also said the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion remains a priority.

“We need to get our resources to markets, other than the United States, in a safe and secure way, and that’s what the Trans Mountain pipeline will do," he said.

Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage reacted positively to the pledge.

“Albertans are angry and they’re rightfully angry," Ms. Savage said in Edmonton, saying that the oil sands were a frequent target of some parties in the campaign.

Story continues below advertisement

The Prime Minister said his government is “moving forward to solve some of those challenges.”

“It’s going to take all Canadians sticking together, helping out folks who are struggling in places like Alberta and Saskatchewan,” he said.

Mr. Trudeau said he has already spoken with Premiers Jason Kenney and Scott Moe, and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. He said such talks will continue, including with Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Mr. Iveson said his message to the Prime Minister is to find ways to work together.

Mr. Iveson said Canada is not as divided by the election results as some say, saying that two thirds of Canadians voted for improving energy infrastructure while a “different but overlapping” two thirds of Canadians backed serious climate action. The Liberal platform falls at the centre of those two mandates.

Mr. Trudeau said he will count on “progressive” parties to support parts of the government agenda.

“I expect them to be able to vote with us," he said of his first bill, which will reduce taxes.

Story continues below advertisement

The Liberals promised to gradually increase the basic personal exemption so that lower- and middle-income earners pay no tax on the first $15,000 they earn. The current exemption applies up to $12,069 in 2019, and the Liberals promised to raise that over four years, starting in 2020.

The party said this will save the average family nearly $600 a year.

However, the Bloc Québécois, the NDP and the Green Party did not promise tax cuts. The Conservatives proposed a personal tax cut similar in size to the Liberal plan.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said in a statement his party will approach the new government with “open minds and open hearts” and evaluate the legislation when it’s available.

The Prime Minister did not indicate when Parliament will be recalled. After the 2015 election, his government released a fall fiscal update in November that included tax changes. The House of Commons sat for seven days in December to pass those measures for the 2016 tax year.

In an online video, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer remained defiant, even though his party won 121 seats to the Liberals’ 157 despite winning the popular vote.

Story continues below advertisement

“We have a strong mandate," Mr. Scheer said.

Mr. Trudeau "needs to explain to Canadians how he’s going to change course to address his failures on supporting the energy sector, on making life more affordable and bringing this country together,” Mr. Scheer said.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, now part of a caucus of three, said she told Mr. Trudeau her party won’t support his government in a confidence vote unless it introduces more stringent greenhouse gas emissions targets and stops all pipeline expansion.

She said it’s unlikely she will still be leader in 2023, but there’s no reason for an “imminent decision.”

With a report from James Keller in Calgary

Your Globe

Build your personal news feed

  1. Follow topics and authors relevant to your reading interests.
  2. Check your Following feed daily, and never miss an article. Access your Following feed from your account menu at the top right corner of every page.

Follow the authors of this article:

Follow topics related to this article:

View more suggestions in Following Read more about following topics and authors
Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

If you do not see your comment posted immediately, it is being reviewed by the moderation team and may appear shortly, generally within an hour.

We aim to have all comments reviewed in a timely manner.

Comments that violate our community guidelines will not be posted.

UPDATED: Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies