"I am profoundly disappointed with today's decision," countered Gregor Robertson, the mayor of Vancouver, near where the Trans Mountain pipeline would come to an end.
For Trudeau and Trans Mountain, it's all over but the shouting
The act of approving a pipeline is relatively simple. It's merely everything else about the extraction and transportation of oil in the 21st century that's complicated and burdened by emotional arguments about economic welfare, national unity, climate change and the future condition of the planet.
Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose said approving Trans Mountain was just the beginning for Trudeau. "Now he needs to use his political capital to see this project built," she said. "And I don't think he has enough of it. I think that the protests will ensue. The fight is on."