Ted Morton: Trudeau's nightmare comes true as he's forced to choose between climate activists and national unity
Since his election in 2015, Trudeau has tried to have it both ways on climate change and energy. Playing it down the middle isn’t workingFebruary began well for the energy industry and Western Canada. The Supreme Court summarily struck down British Columbia’s clumsy attempt to block completion of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX), declaring what everyone already knew: the B.C. legislation violated federal jurisdiction over interprovincial trade and commerce. The Federal Court of Appeal ruled Ottawa had fulfilled its “duty to consult” on TMX and could proceed. It also explicitly stated that “duty to consult” does not entail an Aboriginal veto over pipelines and other major infrastructure. B.C. Premier John Horgan accepted both decisions and also went on the offensive in defence of Coastal GasLink — an LNG project that will export natural gas to growing Asian markets at world prices. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ruled Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 replacement had met all legal requirements to proceed, echoing the Nebraska Supreme Court’s approval last fall of Keystone XL pipeline’s route through that state, ending a decade-long permitting battle. In was only February but for Alberta and Saskatchewan, it looked like spring had come early. But of course it hadn’t. First came news the budget for TMX had soared from its original $7.4 billion to $12.6 billion, mainly because of delays, litigation and additional security costs. Announced in 2012, TMX was supposed to have been operational by the end of 2017. But it ran into non-stop legal challenges — 17 and counting — from climate and Aboriginal groups. As opponents have become more militant, security costs have soared from $20 million to $200 million. When the Trudeau government bought TMX from Kinder Morgan, it promised to sell the pipeline once it was completed. The government bought it for $4.5 billion. Will there really be buyers at $12.6 billion dollars? Or will Canadian taxpayers take a fearsome haircut? This 70 per cent cost over-run confirms to TMX’s opponents that their death-by-delay “lawfare” is working. Even worse, it confirms to international investors that Canadian energy projects have become risky business. Then came the media leak that the Liberal cabinet may not approve the Teck Frontier oilsands mine in Alberta despite a joint federal-provincial review panel having found it was “in the public interest.” The Teck mine decision, due by the end of the month, quickly took on a symbolic importance much greater than the mine itself. The Saskatchewan and Alberta governments are warning that a “No” will send a clear message that Canada is closed for energy business and will deepen the unemployment, investment and revenue crises for both provinces. Climate change activists — including members of Justin Trudeau’s own caucus — are publicly challenging the prime minister to reject Teck. Accepting it, they argue, will mean Canada won’t meet its CO2 emissions reduction commitments. Some former supporters are already referring to him as “Justin Crudeau.” Ouch! Since his election in 2015, Trudeau has tried to have it both ways on climate change and energy. He led the international climate crusade by going to Paris and promising 30 per cent reductions by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. He shut down Northern Gateway, allowed Quebec to block Energy East and enacted bills C-69 (the no pipelines ever bill) and C-48 (the oil tanker ban for the B.C. coast). On the other hand, he did buy TMX when Kinder Morgan finally gave up and he has also supported completion of Keystone XL and Enbridge Line 3 to U.S. markets. In theory, playing it down the middle by giving half a loaf to each side is not unreasonable in the give-and-take of democratic politics. But such a strategy only works if both sides will accept their half loaf. And it now looks — Trudeau’s nightmare — like neither will. Climate activists have elevated their opposition to energy development to a new level of militancy, blocking rail lines and shutting down access to ports and legislatures. On the other side, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe say that on climate policy they will not accept a double standard of one rule for Quebec cement plants but a different rule for Western energy projects. A rejection or even a delay in signing off on Teck Frontier will be considered proof positive that the Trudeau Liberals are willing to sacrifice the jobs of Western Canadians to win votes in Ontario and Quebec. Premier Kenney has also warned that the Coastal GasLink protests are just a “dress rehearsal” for when construction begins on the final leg of TMX into Burnaby, B.C., and Vancouver harbour. He has challenged the prime minister to enforce the rule of law and arrest illegal protesters. If Trudeau vetoes Teck or caves in to the protesters, Kenney will have little political choice but to proceed with his “Fair Deal” — reforms that would give Alberta Quebec-style autonomy with its own pension plan, police force and collection of personal income taxes. If Alberta were to go down this road, Saskatchewan would surely follow. This is Justin Trudeau’s nightmare. He cannot abdicate federal responsibility for pipelines to the courts any longer. He has to make a real choice. If he goes one way, instead of being hailed as the “Green Prince,” he will be putting former supporters in jail and his minority government at risk. But the alternative is a rupture with the West and a national unity crisis unlike anything since his father’s National Energy Policy 40 years ago. Financial Post Ted Morton is a former minister of energy and finance in the Government of Alberta and an executive fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. Read more: National Post
It's not just his nightmare. Nightmare? No. There is no question about it. The health of the this country is and always was and always shall be the priority. Anything less and whomever is the PM should not be in that position. Trudumb doesn’t HAVE nightmares - he IS a nightmare He’s done as our PM ! ginnyb3 He has already chosen the climate activists His political platform was based on this That is why we pay CO2 tax
JustinTrudeau is Canada’s fucking NIGHTMARE!! Too bad he chose to be a pedophile Atkins1S I think he has a climate change going on his face. Save yourself, J!!! Giving him far too much credit. He's been pitting one region against another since before he took office. Tearing the country apart is his wet dream. It's no 'nightmare' for him to choose. He chose years ago.
No Canada's nightmare continues into the 5th year with the leaderless UnPM And we all know which one he’ll choose.
Matt Gurney: Indigenous leaders understand the dangers of this moment. Does Trudeau?If Trudeau thinks he’s in a tough spot now, wait until millions of normally placid Canadians start demanding police clear the blockades, reconciliation be damned It don't matter FN’s need to get their ‘leadership’ sorted out. Elected chiefs should speak for their people (it’s 2020) not heriterary chiefs (with all due respect). It would be like the Queen of England overriding their Parliamnent. Just can’t have two leadership groups on opposite sides! Trudeau certainly doesn’t understand hypocrisy, democracy or the law.
What does Dwight Ball and Justin Trudeau have in common ? They can’t make a decision He will do what ever Soros tells him to do. TrudeauMustGo If we all secede and form other countries he can be the prime minister of downtown Toronto, they can be as carbon neutral as they want when they freeze in the dark.
He will choose what George tells him to choose. There can only be one! I don't see the pro-hydrocarbon stance as a particularly unifying option It’s a ploy .... wait!!!!..... war measures act!!! Just like daddy Canada heaven for cheaters/looters for Pakistani cheater women. Cheat,Fool,abduct kids,and flee to Canada. Canada welcome u.Abductor gets $ 800.kid 700 PM. Enjoy life as Canada stands with Criminals. Canada give citizenship & protect u. Canada do not care 4 international law.
And he expected what exactly......? We all know what he will choose.....and it’s not unity.
Kelly McParland: The Philosopher King II takes a page from his father’s playbook Justin Trudeau ’s remarks on Tuesday sounded more like a discourse on the complexities of human nature than a response to a national conflict KellyMcParland KellyMcParland I think we need real leadership not another actor playing a part or maybe it's time to join the USA gosh knows it cannot be any worse than it is now. KellyMcParland Elitism / Fake democracy
One can only fake it till you make it for so long Finally this goof is exposed for the fraud he is. TrudeauMustGo wordsalad Stupid is as stupid did Who...🤡’ndeau? He’d be lucky if he could decide what to wear, between his red and red tinged Pantharella sox! 😴 To the eco-terrorists please do not punish ordinary Canadians , punish the guy who created this mess , go to Trudeau’s home and block him until he is fair to all Canadians.
Has the question been asked... has PM Trudeau's personal/family companies now been financially impacted by the blockades you reap what you sow Haha. Now he’s in the hot seat. Good. Trudeau is the nightmare. He made choice long ago. Canada isn’t even on his list.
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TrudeauNotFitForOffice Trudeau is to simple to realize that he’s created his own nightmare. Good. Time to throw down the cards for all sides, it seems. Have a feeling that he is behind this mess. It fits his narrative perfectly. TrudeauNotFitForOffice The cost of this rail disruption will be felt for years to come as non delivery allows foreign governments to void or renegotiate contracts which could easily go to the USA or Russia. Justin hates Canada almost as much as he hates Conservatives.
I’m not sure Albertans would settle for enhanced powers of tax collection and CPP. The passion against the east is palpable I believe the notion of separation is very real should Teck be rejected or delayed. I think Kenney himself would be in political trouble with anything less He created this mess! now under him Canada will be a social welfare state with 0 Foreign investment, no jobs and a lot of angry people.
Gov and Media will try to convince you that this is economy vs. environment. This is not. This is about saying 'NO' to colonization and genocide. Also, when they say 'economy,' they don't mean it'll help YOUR finances. It'll make you poorer. Wetsuwetenstrong Shutdowncanada Leaderships a bitch isn’t it!
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Nobody puts baby ... er I meanJustin in a corner 😂😂 TrudeauNotFitForOffice TrudeauWorstPM Trudeau is a woke virtue signalling activist himself, he will always go the way of the cuck. When there is PM created smoke, he mirrors creating jobs. If his past history is any indication, he’ll likely go with a “solution” that puts Canadians out of work, drives away investment, cripples our economy, and divides the nation all while referring to anyone that disagrees as racist nazis. TrudeauNotFitForOffice
Canada's nightmare came true last October, when this idiot was re-elected. TrudeaMustGo You sure his handlers didn't plan all this? Don't think he's picking national unity American tabloid
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