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Trudeau in a tight spot

The oil sands pipeline debate is rearing its head again, making things awkward for Canada’s new prime minister

CANADA's dashing young prime minister, Justin Trudeau, was elected last May on a broad wave of support from all parts of the country. Suddenly, he's being caught up in Canada's fractious pipeline debate, which threatens to expose regional divisions and reopen old political wounds - especially in the oil-producing heartland of Alberta. In the background is the approval - with conditions - from the National Energy Board (NEB), a federal regulator, of Kinder Morgan's proposed TMX pipeline-expansion project to Vancouver. The move incensed the city's mayor, Gregor Robertson, who promptly travelled to Ottawa to make a personal appeal to the prime minister to reject it outright. Native groups have

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