I see, in a CTV News story, that: “With the price of Canadian crude at or near historic lows, Irving Oil has plans to tap into that supply for the Saint John refinery, but some eyebrows have been raised over how they plan to bring the crude to New Brunswick …[because, while] … For years, rail cars carrying cheaper oil from Western Canada and the U.S. have been a regular feature on the tracks heading into Saint John .. [but, now] … Irving Oil wants to ship more Canadian crude to its Saint John refinery, but wants to use a new method … [specifically] … The company applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency for permission to use foreign oil tankers to transport Canadian crude from three directions:”
- from a West Coast terminal, down to the Panama Canal, and then to Saint John.
- from terminals on the U.S. Gulf Coast, and then to the Bay of Fundy, and;
- from suppliers in Newfoundland and Labrador.
This is what they are after:
That’s right, Canadian crude oil. mostly from Alberta, will go by existing pipelines to Greater Vancouver and then by foreign tanker, through the Panama Canal, to Saint John, or Canadia crude will go by pipeline to Texas where, after the Americans take their profit, it will be sold back to Canada and shipped to Saint John by tanker or, and this does make sense, it will come from the Newfoundland ~ the Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose and Hebron offshore oil fields ~ to Saint John.
According to the CTV News story, Irving Oil, in its submission, says that ““As a Canadian company who owns and operates Canada’s largest oil refinery, Irving oil should have access to Canadian crude oil from both offshore Newfoundland and Western Canada.”“
Exactly! Jason Kenney couldn’t have said it better.
The company adds that “the COVID-19 pandemic has created significant uncertainty in supply chains,” which is part of the argument for continental self-sufficiency.
Of course, there’s a much simpler, much better, much cheaper, much more beneficial to Canada and Canadians way than hauling oil from Vancouver or Texas by tanker:
But Justin Trudeau sabotaged that in order to pay off Denis Coderre, the venal former mayor of Montréal who demanded extortionate bribes to allow the pipeline through his city and was supported by the Government of Québec which has, for decades, balanced its. budget by using equalization payments drawn disproportionately from Western Canada. So, Montréal can still dump millions of tons of raw sewage into Canada’s rivers without a peep of protest from Ottawa, but it is allowed to stop Canadians from using Canadian oil because it would not grant the so-called ‘social licence‘ to allow the Energy East pipeline to be built.
That energy corridor about which Andrew Scheer enthused about a year ago needs to be a reality. Québec’s ‘need‘ for a ‘share’ in someone else’s wealth must not be allowed to hamstring the entire country. But, of course, Justin Trudeau is, first and foremost the Member if Parliament for Papineau ~ as he reminded his staff during the SNC-Lavalin/conflict of interest scandal, also a hears ago, so Québec’s interests trump Canada’s.
That pipeline will never be built as long as the anti-energy, anti-West Trudeau Liberals are in power. It will need a new, responsible, pan-Canadian government that is willing and able to win elections without a lot of support in Québec ~ a government that can govern without Québec, but NOT against Québec, a government that operates in the national interest, not just in the interests of a few squeaky wheels and special interests. That means we need a Conservative government … and we need it soon to get shovels in the ground and people working, again, FOR Canada.