01/26/2016 04:00 EST | Updated 01/26/2017 00:12 EST

Trudeau and Coderre set to meet against backdrop of Energy East

MONTREAL — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre are set to meet later this morning against the backdrop of national divisions over Energy East.

While it is not exactly known what the two will discuss at Montreal city hall, chances are one of the topics will be the pipeline project.

Coderre and the organization that represents Montreal-area municipalities came out last week against Energy East, arguing the environmental risks associated with it far outweigh the economic benefits.

That triggered a war of words with certain western Canadian politicians, including Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Brian Jean, head of the Opposition Wildrose party in Alberta.

Trudeau was in Switzerland last week for the World Economic Summit and encouraged everybody to work together.

He and Coderre, who served in Jean Chretien's Liberal cabinet, are scheduled to hold a news conference at 8 a.m. eastern.


The Canadian Press