So, a day ago, I saw this on CBC News: “CN Rail is working to clean up an oil leak after nearly 40 train cars carrying crude oil derailed near a village in western Manitoba early Saturday morning … [the report says that] … CN crews are responding to the derailment, which occurred at 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning near St. Lazare, about 300 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border, a spokesperson from the railway said … [but] … “You can smell crude in the air. That’s really concerning,” said rancher Jayme Corr. The derailment happened on his property, about 10 kilometres south of St. Lazare, in the rural municipality of Ellice-Archie … [and, he added] … “There’s oil leaking, and where they’re sitting is [near] a water lagoon” … [and] … Corr said his cattle have since been moved away from the area, but he’s concerned that his main water source for the summertime will now be contaminated.“
Now, we know, from the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster in July of 2013, as just one example, that rail is neither the best nor the safest way to transport crude oil from oil producing fields to refineries in Canada or to Canadian seaports for export. But some Canadians are persuaded, often by advertising campaigns paid for by foreign (almost always US) money, that Canadian heavy crude oil, mined in Alberta, must not be allowed to reach either refineries or seaports via pipeline, except to the USA, and we, Canadians, must, instead, import oil from e.g. Saudi Arabia. Those Canadians, some of whom may be very important members of Prime Minister Trudeau’s inner circle, persuaded him to disallow the Northern Gateway pipeline and to sabotage the Energy East pipeline and, therefore, make Western Canadian crude exports to the world totally dependent on an expansion of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline to the Pacific Coast, at Vancouver. The Trudeau regime then made a mess of the approval process for that pipeline and so the American special interest groups won and we rely upon rail cars to move crude oil to market.
This latest train wreck was inevitable and it is solely and completely the result of Justin Trudeau’s decisions to “land-lock” Alberta’s oil. Justin Trudeau has made policies that serve the social and economic interest of the Americans and the Saudis but do nothing to protect the environment or to reduce global warming (every single ton of crude Canada does not sell is replaced by Arab or American crude) or protect Canadian jobs and the middle class. This is Justin Trudeau’s train wreck and he needs to pay for it, at the polls, in October.