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Brent Patterson

Brent Patterson is the Political Director at the Council of Canadians. He works with the Council's chairperson Maude Barlow, its campaigners, organizers and chapters across the country on trade, energy, water, and health care issues. The Council has political staff in Ottawa, Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax, Delhi, Cape Town and Mexico City. You can follow Brent on Twitter [url=https://twitter.com/CBrentPatterson]@CBrentPatterson[/url].
Blog - Brent Patterson January 4
Photo: Julia Kilpatrick, Pembina Institute/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government says talks toward a Canada-China Free Trade Agreement could begin as early as February 2017.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 3
Photo: JMacPherson/flickr
Brent Patterson | On the day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, he also announced his government's approval of the lesser-known Enbridge Line 3 pipeline.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 1
Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta
Brent Patterson | The Harper government gutted the former Navigable Waters Protection Act and other environmental protections in 2012, which paved the way for major energy project approvals.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 21
Flickr/Mack Male
Brent Patterson | By Friday, Canada's federal cabinet will decide on a $7.5-billion pipeline that would transport 760,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to Wisconsin.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 18
Image: PMO/Adam Scotti
Brent Patterson | U.S. president-elect Donald J. Trump has promised to renegotiate NAFTA. What will the Trudeau government's position be going into these talks?
Blog - Brent Patterson November 15
Anti-Trump protest in Los Angeles, California. Flickr/Ken Shin
Brent Patterson | Since the election results were announced, Canadians across the country have joined their American neighbours in rallying against U.S. president-elect Donald Trump.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 11
Image: PMO/Adam Scotti
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government has signalled to the incoming Trump administration that it’s willing to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 10
Image: PMO/Adam Scotti
Brent Patterson | Unlike President Barack Obama, Donald Trump said he supports the 1,197-mile Keystone XL pipeline 100 per cent.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 8
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Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government has announced a $1.5-billion "Oceans Protection Plan" just weeks before it is expected to approve Kinder Morgan's $6.8-billion Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 7
Flickr/Peg Hunter
Brent Patterson | The Liberal party is failing their promise to support the work of reconciliation and UNDRIP.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 4
Image: The Canadian Federation of Students
Brent Patterson | The Canadian Federation of Students held a National Day of Action Wednesday to call for universal access to public, post-secondary education in Canada.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 27
TPP rally in Ottawa on June 10, 2014. Flickr/SumOfUs
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians delivered a petition to Parliament Hill that was signed by 20,000 to voice concern against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 24
PMO/Adam Scotti
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians celebrates European opposition to CETA.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 20
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Brent Patterson | One year ago on Wednesday, the Trudeau Liberals were swept to power when they won 184 seats in the House of Commons with the promise of "real change."
Blog - Brent Patterson October 19
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians says the Muskrat Falls project violates the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 13
Brent Patterson | Ottawa residents discussed a new 30-page report, which found that a spill from the Energy East Pipeline would have catastrophic consequences.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 6
The Rideau River about 35 kilometres downstream of the Energy East pipeline cros
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians says the Energy East pipeline is "all risk and no reward."
Blog - Brent Patterson October 5
Justin Trudeau at his swearing-in ceremony on Nov. 4, 2015. PMO Photo by Adam Sc
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians calls on the Trudeau government to invest more into First Nations' water and wastewater services.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 28
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Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government has approved the Pacific NorthWest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in British Columbia. The export facility is now set to be constructed on Lax U'u'la (Lelu Island).
Blog - Brent Patterson September 6
PMO Photo by Adam Scotti
Brent Patterson | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been promoting the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China this weekend.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 1
Photo: Members of the Tsilhqot'in Nation on the front steps of the Supreme Court
Brent Patterson | In 2014 a Supreme Court decision affirmed Tsilhqot'in Nation's title to their territory in B.C. Now it's at the centre of new protests and legal cases concerning First Nations land property rights.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 31
Photo: Environmental Defence Canada/flickr
Brent Patterson | There is no word when the NEB hearings will resume, though they were scheduled to be in Quebec City next (from October 3-7) and then eventually to conclude in Kingston (on December 12-16).
Blog - Brent Patterson August 11
Photo: The Ottawa River at Pointe-Fortune/Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | The Husky Energy oil spill in the North Saskatchewan River is making it harder for TransCanada to cross the Ottawa River with its proposed 1.1 million barrel per day Energy East pipeline.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 4
Photo: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | While there have been many expressions of support and hope for the Liberal government's inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, there are also numerous concerns being expressed.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 3
AJ Klein and Emma Lui express their solidarity with Treaty 8 land defenders oppo
Brent Patterson | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved a Navigation Protection Act (formerly Navigable Waters Protection Act) permit and Fisheries Act permit for the construction of the Site C dam.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 21
Photo: Canada 2020/flickr
Brent Patterson | The PM's popularity may be based on the perception that his government is truly progressive and implementing a different agenda than Harper. The evidence is suggesting that's not totally true.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 12
Photo: Gavin Smith/flickr
Brent Patterson | Let us hope that the Trudeau government, unlike the Tony Blair Labour government in 2003, really does have a plan beyond its ongoing support for coalition bombing missions.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 29
Photo: Pete Souza/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | What issues will be discussed at the "Three Amigos" summit this Wednesday and how will their decisions affect you and me?
Blog - Brent Patterson June 17
Photo: Canada 2020/flickr
Brent Patterson | There are growing concerns about how the Trudeau government will fund its promised $120 billion in infrastructure spending over the next decade.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 12
Photo: Jeremy Board/flickr
Brent Patterson | Major concerns are being raised about the waterways threatened in British Columbia by mining.