Canada energy minister apologizes for pipeline protests remark

By David Ljunggren

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s natural resources minister on Tuesday apologized for remarks he made about anti-oil pipeline protests that some people interpreted as a threat to use troops against demonstrators.

Jim Carr, speaking after Ottawa approved Kinder Morgan Inc’s plans to build a crude pipeline, said last Thursday that in case of violent protests the government would keep people safe “through its defense forces, through its police forces.”

Opposition legislators accused Carr, a member of the Liberal government, of using reckless and incendiary language.

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