Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole promises to ban puppy mills and support Northern Gateway pipeline

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      The safety of animals and a defunct pipeline have become campaign issues in Canada.

      Today, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole unveiled a proposed ban on puppy mills.

      He also said that the Conservatives would ban cosmetic testing on animals and add animal cruelty as an aggravating factor in domestic-violence prosecutions to punish those who hurt spouses by injuring their pets.

      The Conservatives have promised $10 million a year in funding to train judges and prosecutors on links between violence against animals and violence against people.

      "We will also support pet owners fleeing violence by working with shelters to ensure that there are better options for women to leave abusive homes without having to abandon their pets," O'Toole said in a party news release.

      In addition, O'Toole said that he supports building the Northern Gateway pipeline, which the Trudeau government cancelled in 2016.

      This came two years after a previous government led by Stephen Harper approved the project. The proponent, Calgary-based Enbridge, hoped to transport 525,000 barrels of diluted bitumen and 193,000 barrels of condensate each day between Bruderheim, Alberta, and Kitimat, B.C.

      The oil would then be exported on 220 tankers leaving Kitimat each year.

      Prior to its cancellation, the Northern Gateway project was opposed by Coastal First Nations, environmental groups, and then B.C. opposition leader John Horgan, who's now B.C.'s premier.