A couple of days ago I suggested that “If the Trudeau regime has half the brains the gods gave to green peppers they will cede, at a below-market value price, 51% of the Trans Mountain Pipeline to a consortium of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan First Nations and then use every legal means available to push that pipeline through to a Vancouver area seaport.“
Now, in an editorial, the Globe and Mail takes up the case, noting that “when it comes to regional diversity, Mr. Trudeau’s challenge is acute. There was not one Liberal MP elected over the vast 2,000-plus kilometres from Winnipeg to the suburbs of Vancouver.” And the Good Grey Globe says “while symbols … [like having some prairie representatives in the cabinet] … matter, in the long run what will really count will be concrete actions. And those actions should be less about mollifying the premiers of Saskatchewan and Alberta, who lead parties congenitally opposed to the Liberals, and more about satisfying the legitimate needs of Western voters.” What Western voters and workers and families need is a pipeline to tidewater so that Canadian oil and gas, mostly from Alberta and Saskatchewan, can reach world markets from Canada, not just after being sold to Americans at a discount. It’s really pretty simple, even for Justin Trudeau.
The Globe and Mail editorial says that in “the realm of concrete actions … [priotity 1 for Team Trudeau should be to] … Build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The Federal Court of Appeal is scheduled to hear an appeal on the sufficiency of Indigenous consultations in mid-December. If Ottawa wins, construction could be completed in four years … [but] … Justin Trudeau also wants to invest in the green economy … [and] … To the extent his government does so, Alberta and Saskatchewan should be a priority.” If Ottawa doesn’t win in the Federal Court of Appeal then it should use every conceivable (and maybe even a few heretofore inconceivable) legal and constitutional means at its disposal to build the pipeline anyway … over the objections of some First Nations, lots of environmentalists, some Liberal MPs and even the mighty Rockefeller Foundation ~ and some people believe that the Trudeau PMO is just a branch plant of that organization.
Building the pipeline, no matter who objects is the most important task the Trudeau regime has … it may be the only task that matters. National unity is always a fragile thing in Canada; in the 1940s, when the great Louis St Laurent was crafting the policies that would make Canada a leader amongst the nations, his very first concern was national unity. When Québec nationalism reared its ugly head the whole country responded …
… but there was already unrest in Western Canada which perceived (in the 1980s) that it was being used to “pay off” Québec and the Greater Toronto Area:
National Unity is in peril again, but we don’t have a Louis St Laurent, we don’t even have a Jean Charest to lead the fight for Canada, we have a …
… ill-defined trust fund kid who is little more than a sock-puppet being manipulated by the remnants of the Kathleen Wynne Liberals. The election deprived Team Trudeau of the experienced voice of Ralph Goodale and I’m afraid that not even the estimable Anne McLellan can fill that hole. But he doesn’t need Nobel prize winners to tell him what to do. He needs to go out to Alberta, right to Fort McMurray, he needs to ignore Jason Kenney, Scott Moe and Naheed Nenshi, and he needs to mount a platform and say, simply: “I will build the Trans Mountain Pipeline for you and for all Canadians. I will sell 51% of it to your neighbours in a consortium of First Nations who will ensure that it is built to the highest possible standards, so as to bring Canadian oil to world markets and safeguard the environment, too. Additionally, I will listen, carefully and respectfully to plans to build a pipeline to Churchill, to bypass Québec and get the oil, by sea, using ice-capable tankers built in Québec, to refineries in Atlantic Canada and the world. Finally, I will look at every possible way to get green energy jobs here, in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. I recognize that you have lost faith in me and in the Liberal Party. I want to earn your trust by keeping my promises.“
Victor Dodig, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, says in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, that “Canada must do its part to address climate change. Demand for energy continues to grow and is expected to increase for years to come. While renewables are the fastest growing source of energy in the world, the reality is that fossil fuels will remain an important part of the global energy mix for decades … [and] … What the world needs is greater access to responsible energy production. Access to energy is helping to lift people out of poverty. Living standards are improving. The middle class around the world is growing, and as a result, consumer demand is rising. As a world leader in responsible energy production, we help neither ourselves – nor the planet – if we undermine our own ability to compete on the world stage … [but] … We can’t afford to miss any more opportunities. Together, we must resolve to make smart decisions that make the most of our strengths. Building for the future means thinking ambitiously. It means diversifying our export relationships. It means committing to economic reconciliation with Indigenous peoples – so they participate in this new future.” He concludes that “Put plainly: Building the Trans Mountain Expansion is critical to ensuring prosperity, not just for the industry, but also Alberta and Canada. Trans Mountain will carry almost a million barrels a day of oil to tidewater – and to markets in which demand is high. If Canada doesn’t serve those countries, they may rely on oil producers whose environmental standards, regulations and human-rights practises are less stringent than ours … [and] … It is country-building, pure and simple – and government should do everything in its power to get it done quickly.“
In the same newspaper, Manitoba’s Premier Brian Pallister says “Building a stronger economic union means establishing certainty for energy projects and corridors that turn our natural wealth into financial wealth that benefits all Canadians. Build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, now. Canadians own it; let’s finish it.“
It, building a pipeline to reunite Canadians isn’t complicated but it is damned important. Parts of Team Trudeau will be, at the behest of the Laurentian Elites, looking for ways to not do it. If Justin Trudeau is a man and a leader he will defy them and say to his ministers and bureaucrats and to Canadian industry: “Just do it! Now!“