Members of Trudeau’s youth council urge cancellation of Kinder Morgan buyout

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Members of Justin Trudeau’s youth council are urging the prime minister to withdraw his decision to buy Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.

Sixteen past and present members of the youth council are releasing a letter to Trudeau expressing their “disappointment” in the Liberal government’s move to buy the pipeline project for $4.5 billion.

The letter, signed primarily by Indigenous members, says young people supported Trudeau during the 2015 federal election because of promises he made on reconciliation and climate leadership.

It says when Trudeau appointed himself the minister for youth, he indicated he would listen and honour the concerns of young people.

The signatories say they’re questioning Trudeau’s commitments because they weren’t consulted about the pipeline decision and they are the ones who will be affected by the consequences of climate change.

The letter also says the pipeline project violates Indigenous rights and poses the threat of “irreversible damage” to British Columbia’s coast.