By: Candice Malcolm
Kinder Morgan wanted to invest billions into the Canadian economy. They wanted to spend private sector cash to upgrade a pipeline that will help Canada ship oil to new markets in Asia. Right now, Canada only has one client: the United States, and therefore, we can only sell at the price they determine.
Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project would have changed that. The project was approved by the federal government 18 months ago, after a lengthy five-year approval process that included comprehensive environmental assessments and consultations with Indigenous leaders.
All Trudeau had to do was enforce the rule of law. Instead, foreign-led left wing activists in BC (who also receive federal funding, see my latest exclusive report in the Sun papers) were left to derail the process.
Some radical activists intimidated and blocked workers from getting to their site in Burnaby, while others filed law suits and court challenges to delay the process.
Meanwhile, the NDP government in B.C. announced a ban on Alberta oil off the BC coast — an illegal action that crosses into federal jurisdiction.
Trudeau needed to show leadership.
He could have cut funding to B.C., like he did to Saskatchewan over that province’s refusal to impose Trudeau’s carbon taxes.
Or he could have used legislation to assert that interprovincial pipelines are within federal jurisdiction according to the Constitution. B.C. had no business — and no power — to block the pipeline.
Instead, Trudeau kept his distance.
During important moments in the process, he was nowhere to be found — jet-setting on frivolous international junkets or speaking at U.S graduation ceremonies.
When it came to pipelines and Canada’s energy sector, Trudeau’s actions spoke louder than words.
He canceled the Northern Gateway project, changed the rules at the last minute and led to the cancellation of Energy East, and capitulated to Obama’s anti-Canada wishes on Keystone XL.
He imposed the largest tax hike in recent history, and told voters in Ontario he wanted to “phase out” Alberta’s oil sands.
Trudeau ran out of options, and so his government decided to buy the old, existing pipeline for $4.5 billion — using our money, of course. That doesn’t even cover for the $7.5 billion estimated to upgrade the project, meaning the Canadian economy just lost $12 billion.
This signals to the world that Canada is not open for business or investment.
It shows that our country is so dysfunctional that it had to resort to nationalization — not out of a communist ideology, but out of sheer desperation and incompetence.
No matter which way you paint it, this is colossal failure of leadership.