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Trudeau met in London with anti-pipeline protest

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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau met in the UK with anti-pipeline protesters angry over the Trans Mountain pipeline project.

The stunt, which blocked the main entrance to the Canadian High Commission in London yesterday, was orchestrated by Greenpeace activists who oppose a multibillion-dollar pipeline planned in western Canada across indigenous lands.

Mr Trudeau says Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is in the national economic interest.

The British Columbia (B.C.) government, environmentalists, and some First Nations fiercely oppose the project.

It received federal approval in 2016 but faces legal and regulatory challenges from B.C.

Mr Trudeau is in the UK for a Commonwealth leaders' meeting.

Kinder Morgan recently suspended non-essential spending on the project.

Kinder Morgan said it would decide on the pipeline project's fate on 31 May.

There are people who “think there’s still a choice to be made between what’s good for the economy or what’s good for the environment,” Trudeau said in an interview after a meeting counterparts from Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

“We’re going to stay in doing both together, because we know that growing the economy is the only way to pay for the transition towards the clean future that we all need.”

The protest came on Trudeau’s first full day in London following a visit to Paris, where the pipeline was not discussed.

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