(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
By: Candice Malcolm
The Energy East pipeline should have been a no-brainer.
The $15.7 billion proposed state-of-the-art pipeline would have been exactly the type of infrastructure upgrade that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada needs.
Our political leaders, at all levels of government, should have jumped at the opportunity to work together and ensure this piece of critical infrastructure was built.
It could have been a modern-day nation-building project – one that was privately funded and would provide immense economic benefit from coast to coast.
The proposed pipeline would have carried oil – 1.1 million barrels per day – from Alberta and Saskatchewan across the country to Canada’s largest refinery in New Brunswick.
This pipeline would replace oil trucks and trains. It would cut down the need for tankers in the Atlantic. It would have created thousands of jobs.
And, it would have reduced Canada’s dependency on foreign conflict oil – buying oil from despotic regimes like the one in Venezuela that cruelly imposes socialism on its people, or the ones in the Middle East that funnel cash to radical Islamic centers and terrorist organizations.
The case in favour of building this pipeline is so comprehensive, so persuasive, that it could only be defeated by the most powerful, most unethical of special interest groups.
Yet, that’s exactly what happened.
The Liberal mayor of Montreal Denis Coderre, who has implied Albertans are stupid, and Justin Trudeau, who once said that Canada suffers when Albertans are involved in our public life, teamed up to kill Energy East.
If there was any doubt the Liberals were working behind closed doors to kill this project, it was quickly washed away by Coderre's reaction to the news.
He could hardly contain his jubilation, telling reporters Thursday that it was “an enormous victory”. He took credit, and said he was proud of the work done by the special interest groups who shut this project down.
Imagine that. The mayor of Quebec’s largest city, a partisan colleague of the Prime Minister, openly celebrating news that countless jobs have been destroyed.
A man who represent millions of people in a province that is the largest recipient of equalization transfer payments – taking more than $250 billion over the years – is elated over news that kicks the donor provinces while they’re down.
Coderre can openly cheer the decision, while his Ottawa ally – Trudeau – must be coy.
A Trudeau official brushed this off as a mere “business decision,” but it’s clear to anyone paying attention that this cancelation came because of Trudeau’s job-killing regulatory environment.
At the end of the day, Trudeau shares Coderre’s worldview. He knows that Canada’s oil has the highest environmental and labour standards, but he just doesn’t care.
That’s why his government is imposing crippling carbon taxes while lying to hardworking taxpayers by saying they provide a “social licence” for further development.
These shameless politicians put their hard-Left ideology ahead of jobs and families, but even worse, they put it ahead of our national unity.
Canada, after all, is an economic union; Confederation was based on economic development, inter-provincial trade and the promise of mutual prosperity.
Without the basic ability to trade, to ship goods across the country, what sense does it make to send western cash to fund eastern welfare?
Shame on Denis Coderre. Shame on Justin Trudeau. And shame on all of us for putting these small-minded politicians – ignorant of...(READ MORE)