Without proposing tough measures against jurisdictions that want to weaken Canada’s energy industry, Notley’s tour will just be empty talk designed to turn around bad poll numbers.
Politicians often think they can solve problems stemming from bad policies by giving speeches.
Rather than take action to fix problems, they often prefer to talk, hoping that the right combo of words will obscure what’s really happening – without actually changing anything.
That seems to be the case with the upcoming cross-Canada tour being planned by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.
The tour will take Notley to BC, and Ontario – as well as various stops in Alberta – apparently to speak in favour of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
As noted by the Canadian Press, “The $7.4-billion Kinder Morgan Canada (KML.TO) project is to expand an existing pipeline so Alberta can get a better price overseas for its oil. The line was approved last year by the federal government, but is opposed by B.C.’s governing NDP. Burnaby officials have been accused of delaying the project by dragging out permit approvals.”
However, Notley has rejected calls by Jason Nixon of the United Conservative Party to propose “actual consequences” for the jurisdictions seeking to block the pipeline.
Instead, Notley said she will go through “the appropriate forums,” to seek approval.
The problem is that those so-called “appropriate forums” have been taken over by anti-pipeline extremists, who have the end goal of shutting down Canada’s oil industry. In fact, those with the attitude of Notley and Trudeau have stacked government with people who oppose Canadian energy production. Approving (or pretending to approve while imposing a regulatory structure meant to block projects) one or two pipelines is simply meant to distract from the anti-energy industry agenda.
The only way to get around that is to change the game, and that means using Alberta’s energy producing leverage. It’s disgraceful that other jurisdictions benefit from the wealth generated by the energy industry in Alberta while also blocking the growth of the industry that makes such wealth possible in the first place.
By refusing to propose tough measures (such as restrictions on products from anti-pipeline jurisdictions), Notley’s tour is revealed as nothing more than a desperate attempt to prop up her terrible poll numbers.