Northern Gateway pipeline plan 'madness': Mulcair

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair is reflected on a screen while speaking during a news...

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair is reflected on a screen while speaking during a news conference in Ottawa December 18, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:37 PM ET

OTTAWA - The day before a critical report from the National Energy Board (NEB) is released, the official Opposition remains implacably opposed to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair told an Ottawa press conference Wednesday that his opposition to the Northern Gateway was "categorical."

"Allowing tankers into the Douglas Channel is madness," he said.

The proposed 1,170 km pipeline would run from Bruderheim, Alta., to Kitimat, B.C., and the NEB's report will comment on the environmental and economic impacts of the project.

Mulcair said he supports the oilsands and the need to get oil to tidewater, but the NDP has only publicly supported one of five proposed pipelines - Energy East, which would flow west to east.


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