April 26, 2015

Are NDP anti-pipeline policies welcome in Alberta?

Marc PatroneRebel Commentator

Alberta's NDP, facing increased scrutiny over its policies given its lofty poll numbers, is taking heat over its pipeline policies.

Leader Rachel Notley told a Calgary newspaper she'll withdraw her support of the Northern Gateway pipeline project if she becomes premier.

She'll also push for a royalty review, which Albertans in the oil patch vehemently objected to when former Premier Ed Stelmach had one eight years ago.

PC leader Jim Prentice says it's more proof the NDP would damage the economy if they ever got a chance to manage the province's treasury.

"You know I'm not surprised that this is another NDP policy not to build pipelines out of Alberta, that coupled
with the NDP royalty review, coupled with the corporate tax increases. All of this will be harmful to jobs in
this province and Albertans know that," says Prentice.

As far as Keystone XL is concerned, Notley says there's no point trying to sell the project in Washington given it's mired in political and regulatory issues in the U.S.

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commented 2015-04-27 13:21:22 -0400
Since Canada is ALREADY the Cleanest Country on the Planet . . . what is it these leftist loons are proposing?
Are the folks in Edmonton so out of touch that they are not aware of the incredible damage done to economies all over the world following the Socialist play book? Countries like Greece, Spain, France . . . all FAILING because of Socialist Failed Leadership . . . yet many among us think that if we just “Try it one more time” . . . it might work?
You don’t even have to look outside Canada to see the complete failure of the left . . . Quebec and Ontario are the poster children for failure in Canada.
commented 2015-04-27 11:19:05 -0400
Peter Netterville – “if you mean by “sensible” is increasing taxes, spending more public money and destroying business in Alberta” That’s exactly what Fecal Point means. Misery loves company and Socialists are the most miserable people on Earth. They hate human achievement and innovation because they lack the intelligence to understand it. They have no faith in our ability to solve problems because they have no concept of how it’s done. They want us to go back to living in caves or tepees but they haven’t thought that through. In such a scenario, you’d only have food, clothing and shelter if you worked your a$$ off for it; you couldn’t rely on the government to steal the fruits of others’ labours to support you. The type of people who vote NDP would be the first to perish.
commented 2015-04-27 10:57:30 -0400
Vlad Johnson – You said it best: “Tank Alberta and forget the transfer payments to the welfare child ontario and the other lumps along the east coast and quebec.” You’d think the welfare provinces would have people in Alberta working for Wildrose since it’s the only party that will keep Alberta viable and able to support the 71% of Canadians who live in those provinces.
commented 2015-04-27 10:27:02 -0400
You are correct, Fecal, that Edmonton is the only politically sensible city in Alberta… and that’s primarily (exclusively?) because Edmonton is the seat of power in Alberta… and everybody knows what comes out of the seat (that’s a wink at your moniker, in case you didn’t get it).

The rest of the province, however, tends to deal in reality.

“Are NDP anti-pipeline policies welcome in Alberta?” the article’s title asks… in a word, the reply would be “No.”

Alberta has two primary industries: agriculture, and oil. The oil companies are primarily foreign-owned, so it is not in their best interest (bottom-line costs) to refine the oil here… much as we’d prefer them to. Thus, we must export it. The NDP, “environmental protectors” that they claim to be, would stifle this export. The result of this “protection” would be lost jobs, higher taxes (hey, they have to pay these people somehow, right? Like, welfare? EVERY NDP government LOVES people on welfare…) and greater bureaucracy. Oh, and they don’t really do such a hot job on that — witness the clumsy non-response to the pine beetle breakout in a provincial park in BC — that ended up all but wiping out BC’s timber resources, and that Alberta is STILL combating today, and the social disaster of children being housed in prisons in Manitoba because there’s no room to put them anywhere…

Yeah, the NDP is really #cough, choke!# a viable alternative…
commented 2015-04-27 08:51:14 -0400
Fecal Point, there are only four ridings in Edmonton that are NDP.

You party of socialist high spenders will never take office in Alberta. And if you mean by “sensible” is increasing taxes, spending more public money and destroying business in Alberta, then under those conditions you are right.
commented 2015-04-27 00:13:44 -0400
Why do you hate what has made the west great. Edmonton may be confused, but it is not the heartland of the NDP. Trust me I grew up in the east I know, and I don’t rely on the likes of you to tell me.
commented 2015-04-26 23:35:32 -0400
Infiltrated, Liza? The heartland of the NDP is in Edmonton, the only politically sensible city in Alberta.
commented 2015-04-26 22:08:29 -0400
Robert Wheeler, good post!
commented 2015-04-26 22:01:56 -0400
Hopefully the left’s euphoria after Notley’s performance during the debate will continue to wilt once her policies are examined more closely. It was easy to make a lot of promises with no consideration of what it would cost the taxpayers. Again, Wildrose should hammer home that a vote for the PCs could end up as a vote for the NDP. Put the PC’s on the sidelines.
commented 2015-04-26 21:34:29 -0400
Be grateful that she’s willing to publicly say what she believes and what she’d do, most lefties won’t tell you the truth. I feel sorry for Albertans, vote for a party that has always been there for them but now seems to be taking a left hand path, vote for a true left wing party or vote for the Wld Rose a party that has never been in power and whose previous leader did her best to destroy the party.

From someone who has lived through decades of the left here in Saskatchewan vote for Wild Rose. We moved right in 2007 and have yet to regret it.
commented 2015-04-26 19:17:05 -0400
Vlad Johnson – "Tank Alberta and forget the transfer payments to the welfare child ontario and the other lumps along the east coast and quebec. "

You know, I wonder if many of them truly connect those two things. There is a logical disconnect there. I think there are a lot of left wingers in Ontario and especially in Quebec who do not connect the 18 billion/year Alberta contributes as that which funds the 13 billion/year they (Quebec) get.
commented 2015-04-26 18:56:21 -0400
This is why the NDP is constantly referred to as fringe. If they ever did get into positions of power (which they won’t for obvious reasons) they’d be kicked out of office, as Viktor Yanukovych was in the Ukraine…and it would only take a couple of months….yes, it wouldn’t take long before the people saw what a disaster it was. The devastation would commence within weeks of them being in power…as companies would literally flee….along with jobs….and the economy would collapse.
commented 2015-04-26 18:27:57 -0400
Just another reason to vote Wildrose.
commented 2015-04-26 13:42:42 -0400
Tank Alberta and forget the transfer payments to the welfare child ontario and the other lumps along the east coast and quebec.

Full retard occurs if the man-child troodo gets office. If this happens, load up on ammo folks.
commented 2015-04-26 13:17:23 -0400
If the NDP are going to pull their support for pipelines should the y take office, then Alberta’s economy will tank. I don’t like that the largest portion of our economy if oil, but facts are facts and reality is reality.

In addition the NDP wants to raise royalties, which would also push business out of Alberta.

Yet as well the NDP has already stated that they would raise the corporate tax rate, which would mean we, the consumer of the products and service provided by the corporation, would pay that tax. Plus there would be job losses.

The NDP is anti-business. Why is it that anybody would vote for them.

The NDP would also introduce social programs Alberta could not afford. IN every province where the NDP have held office, they have ruined the economy of that province.

Can Albertans afford an NDP government? I think not.
commented 2015-04-26 13:06:37 -0400
How on earth could Alberta have been so infiltrated. If Alberta were to end up NDP, then I will know it really is the end. I just can’t believe it could happen. Wake up Alberta wake up.
Notley is so misguided. She knows it is about stopping production altogether. Look at the web of pipelines criss crossing North America, and how often do you hear of problems? This is about wealth distribution and Notley and the NDP buy into it. It is un Canadian. The NDP are un Canadian.
These are maps, of existing and proposed.
commented 2015-04-26 11:19:31 -0400
The NDP in BC lost an election that they had “in the bag” after the NDP leader started talking green in much the same way. Hopefully, we will see a replay in Alberta. At least in both cases, they were up front about it before the election, a fortunate thing indeed.