September 21, 2016

Bernard the Roughneck goes to Ottawa!

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

Canada’s favourite roughneck is in Ottawa this week to present a petition with over 34,000 signatures and remind politicians about the importance of the oil and gas industry to our entire economy.

Bernard teamed up with Mark Scholz of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors and David Lefave of the Quebec Oil and Gas Association, who were joined by Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs to deliver the petition of Canadians coast to coast urging the Liberal government to do more to support our oil and gas industry.

Watch as Bernard delivers another strong message to our government on behalf of hard working Canadians every where.

Photo Credit: CPAC

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commented 2016-09-23 02:00:09 -0400
John S Harper did no such thing, he just made things fair for the west. Oh sorry you are too lost to get that.
commented 2016-09-22 22:53:01 -0400
Nobody does more division between east and west than the Liberals. Whenever they are in office western separatism sentiments soar. I don’t recall any separatist angst in Harper’s time. You got one thing right , though. The East and Central Canada want the west to be their colony to provide cheap commodities. How has that been working out in Wynne’s Ontario for their own Hydro? Easterners never learn from their mistakes. The true sign of a lefty.
commented 2016-09-22 22:49:16 -0400
So, John, why not just join the Green party? Sounds like the same position to me.
commented 2016-09-22 21:02:50 -0400
Our party believes that Harper was the father of de-confederation and sowed division and hatred and disunity between East and West.

It ran 9 candidates in 2015 for the purpose of defeating the Conservatives in GTA ridings.

I agreed very much with that approach as Harper was the sole person making the messages in the party with the PMO and message handlers.

That was the true essence of the Conservatives.

Progressive Conservatives still want a party between Liberals and Conservatives so that people can have a reasonable voice and not be labeled as extreme.

We want that centre to centre-right to be available for Canadians without voices.

That is not too much to ask and this Bernard character is merely campaigning for the Conservative party built around the Conservative Reform Alliance party of old (CRAP).

There is no PC voice in the party, when mergers are supposed to be equal partners and equal in terms of representation.

That is why our party was created in 2004 because PCs opposed the merger.
commented 2016-09-22 20:59:30 -0400
Actually the Progressive Canadian party is a fiscally conservative and socially progressive party between the Liberals and Conservatives, and many on here would view protecting the environment and economy as a far-left tenet, but even the Progressive Conservatives under Joe Clark in the year 2000 stood for environmental protection and his party was always viewed as compassionate conservative and centre to centre-right.

No conservative can be viewed as left wing because the definition of conservatives in general is supposed to be fiscally responsible and for slightly more free trade than the Liberals and managing money better.

I even ran in 2011 with that party under the Progressive Canadian party platform that was similar to that of the platform from 2002 when Clark still led the party.
commented 2016-09-22 20:32:38 -0400
John S if you ever work a hard day in your life you will get it.
commented 2016-09-22 20:31:41 -0400
John S more of your fantasy world. Sorry we need more pipe you halfwit and Bernard is an actual person you loser. And Ontario kept going into the shitter when the price of oil was low and the dollar was low. So stick your phoney BS. No wonder your party does so bad, if you are an example of the pigs who are members of it.
commented 2016-09-22 19:18:48 -0400

Yeah ok buddy. You reveal yourself as far left wacko, then try to backtrack and pretend you’re a conservative LOL!!! Tell your boss at the NDP to hire someone else for this job. You’re failing miserably!!
commented 2016-09-22 19:16:39 -0400

I think madame you’re out of touch. Most ppl nowadays first get a uni education, then go to college to get a trade. Our jobs market is just that tough!! Second, showing up in his work clothes makes it easy for ppl to identify who/what he is. Do you criticize Greenpeace and other lefty activists for doing things 100 times more cheesy? Last, I think YOU’RE a fake!! I think you’re a wolf in sheep’s clothing, employing the “subtle undermining” tactic. Pretending to like him while subtly undermining his efforts. Right?
commented 2016-09-22 15:14:22 -0400
Alberta needs to diversify and much of the reason why Alberta is struggling is because of low oil prices because of Saudi Arabia. The NDP only factors in small ways to the province. Alberta does not even have a PST or a provincial sales tax.

What Alberta needs is more investment in infrastructure and seeking out geothermal and other industries to gain employment. There is nothing wrong with also more investment in agriculture and organic farming.

The fact is the party I support the Progressive Canadian party agrees with a balance between the environment and the economy, but it does not want carbon pricing by the federal government.

It wants more balanced approaches to the economy and the environment and not just catering to one industry. That is the distinction.

Harper created the one industry economy while in office with his party. That is the honest truth. I am not supporting the NDP of Alberta but rather an approach of diversification and seeking out newer industries to help Albertans.
commented 2016-09-22 15:11:30 -0400
It would drive up the cost of the dollar harming Eastern Canada and Central Canada.

People do not want to pay higher energy prices at the pump.
commented 2016-09-22 14:51:27 -0400
Phyllis… Very interesting post..!!
commented 2016-09-22 14:37:06 -0400
John Siciliano said, "What is 100% clear is that adding more pipelines would do nothing for oil prices across the world. "

Who ever said that it would? But it would allow us to get our oil to market.

Let me guess, John, you are one of those people who feel that all of Alberta’s financial difficulties are solely due to the drop in the price of oil and that the NDP are completely innocent victims of the price of oil?
commented 2016-09-22 13:19:26 -0400
What is true is that he intentionally wanted to dress up in a suit by wearing a costume in essence.

This proves it was all just a stunt to prove a point. I also wonder whether this person named Bernard put fake makeup on to give the impression that he just got off the oil field or oil rig and just went to Ottawa.

That most likely did not occur and this was used just for presentation to drive home his message when that shows how phony the Conservative party truly is.

They do not care about any other industry in Canada other than oil development.

The fact is oil jobs are important to a segment of two provinces basically of the country, where the oil boom is over.

This is just like Joe the Plumber but more corny.

People have to realize that if the Conservative party and Rebel are going to these levels then there is massive coordination and Rebel is just a propaganda arm of the Conservative party with no form of independence whatsoever.

It is just theatrics and playing with people’s emotions when to build an economy it has to be fully diversified and oil is just a tiny part of that because even with all the development and pipelines that would do nothing to fix oil pricing internationally. In fact, it would stay the same.

This whole notion of ethical oil is just another gimmick as well because it suggests that corporations that do this care from the bottom of their heart when they do not even care if thousands lose their jobs. If people in Western Canada truly wanted a strong oil company they should have demanded that Petro Canada stayed as an oil company that was nationalized.

The fact is corporations do only care about profits and CAPP was fully backing Sun News Network and it is not clear how deep with Rebel CAPP truly is.

Where are the facts based on this, and did Rebel provide through donations his plane ride? People have a right to know in Canada!!
commented 2016-09-22 13:12:37 -0400
What is 100% clear is that adding more pipelines would do nothing for oil prices across the world.

Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and OPEC countries have flooded the market with cheap oil and even the PCs could not do anything to help Alberta, and right now the oil market is hurting not because of Trudeau who just got in one year ago but our GDP has fallen and so has the amount of oil jobs. This even took place under the Harper regime, which Sun News/Rebel won’t ever admit.

The fact is this person Bernard is just a prop for the Conservative party who is working alongside the Rebel to bring up this stuff when Alberta does need diversification into other markets, as the oil boom in Western Canada is over.

Remember that Harper focused too much energy on one industry. That said, Alberta even with 40 years of PC government still did not get it done. I doubt Wildrose would do much to help as they only propose more autonomy from the rest of Canada and not much change from the way that the PCs governed on oil exploration, oil development, trying to get the pipelines to market and even small business growth.

People seem to forget that when Canada had more manufacturing back around the 1970’s Alberta did much better because there was more chance of full employment. Nowadays, with less manufacturing and more corporatization, it seems that Alberta has not much choice other than to diversify and have more infrastructure spending. This seems like the best way forward because the oil boom is over.

All the petitions and Rebel plane rides to Ottawa will not fix anything because the Saudis did flood the market to hurt the Iranians and the Russians.

It is a shame that Rebel supporters fail to think this far ahead.

They are completely not looking at the other side because it was the Harper regime that started this pro-oil and oil only agenda for the West which drove up the dollar and was a temporary boom, by the way it looks!
commented 2016-09-22 13:03:11 -0400
Having met Bernard twice in Grande Prairie, where he has patronized the grocery store (Freson Bros., south Grande Prairie), where I do demos, I have these opinions: he is a well-spoken man and polite. The first time I met him, he looked pretty scruffy and was obviously hungry because he and his friend ate many of my samples, and thanked me profusely for the food. The second time he came into the store, he looked remarkably better, perhaps because he was now back at work, and getting a square meal regularly. However, he seemed rather in a hurry and ran out of the store. One of the customer service reps came over to me and asked if I knew the guy who just ran out of the store. I said, yes, that’s Bernard the oil rig worker. Don’t ask me why he was in such a hurry, but I have to admit, even being a supporter of his cause, the second time he seemed not only in a hurry, but when I asked him how the battle was going, he reiterated the same speech he has given everywhere. I guess there’s a good chance that he is a prop, actor, or phony, but at least he is trying to do something for Alberta. I also question the fact he has a $40,000 student loan, which connotes to me a fairly good education, but finds himself working in the patch. These are observations, and it’s not for me to question his authenticity or validity and I give him kudos for going to Ottawa. However, I don’t think he needed to dress like an oil worker to get attention, that also was a bit of theatrics. If Bernard stays in the public’s eye, he will soon realize that he will be well scrutinized.
commented 2016-09-22 13:02:19 -0400
jay kelly all these posters calling you out are 100 % right ,you little swine you would be crying for your mommy turdo if you ever went to one of those places to work, you are a sleaze bag and a liar .you and turdo couldn’t do a real mans work for one hour much less to earn a living ,eff off you creep
commented 2016-09-22 11:31:13 -0400
It’s a sad state of affairs when an unpolished oilfield roughneck is more articulate and literate in petro economics and resource industry impact than the PM (Who we see was conspicuously vacant from this photo op and narrative).

It must be frustrating for executives and investors in large scale resource companies/projects who have a great deal of capital invested in this nation’s economic engines, to be met with the blank ignorance of industry and economics displayed by the current federal and Alberta governing regimes. Bernard accurately articulates street level economic impacts of bad/no energy management and resource economic policy.

Rather than engage in dialogue and discuss these problems openly and honestly we see a government which hides in the closet mumbling hollow platitudes and engages in empty virtue posing whenever it is pushed to publicly enunciate a firm plan concerning Canada’s stalled primary economic engines; the resource sector.

Apologists for this inarticulate, economically illiterate government (such as the troll Jay Kelly/Sean Penson) must resort to snide shoot-the-messenger distractionary narratives or resort to blaming a PM and government which no longer has any impact on the economic policies of this nation.

Meanwhile as the divisive war against reality wages the unemployed and economically stressed public suffer in silence.
commented 2016-09-22 10:38:37 -0400
Jay Kelly You could not walk a step in a drillers shoes. You would not even be qualified to sweep the floors at any oil and gas facility. Your type is basically useless. Heck I doubt you would even survive a power outage let alone having to put in a honest days work.
commented 2016-09-22 09:46:34 -0400
@jay Kelly

Bernard Hancock

Did you want his email and phone number too?

This is probably why people demonstrate a totally disregard for your comments?
commented 2016-09-22 08:50:31 -0400
Jay Kelly said, “Sadly, Bernard is the only one without a last name, because he is a prop in a photo.”

It has already been proven with real facts (not the fantasy ones socialists dream up) that Bernard is a real roughneck delivering a real petition.

Jay Kelly, if you have proof (real hard facts) that Bernard is a “prop” then present it, but we all know you cannot.
commented 2016-09-22 02:09:58 -0400
Jay the libs have only been in power for a year now you mindless idiot, you are comparing Harpers whole term expenditures to one year? And like Daryl says , you would crap your pants if you met Bernard or anyone else who works hard. You are such a friggin twerp.
commented 2016-09-22 02:01:18 -0400
Jay Kelly – if you were to meet Bernard (or any patch worker) you’d piss your diaper at 1st glance! Your Libtardedness is getting a bit sickening – go take your meds and switch off that computer your mother bought you – you have the reasoning ability of an autistic 5 YO! No offense to autistic children!
It gets really difficult to believe anyone capable of typing on a keyboard could be so insanely stupid.
You still haven’t dropped by for coffee – are you scared??? So you’re yellow & here I was beginning to think you were from Somalia! You oughta be – my tolerance level for stupidity has been considerably lower since I’ve lost my business to idiot decisions that people like you support!
Do yourself a favor – get your doc to give those “ending” meds – you need them .
commented 2016-09-22 02:00:02 -0400
Vajay Jay. ….are you into the pills and booze again? Do you need an intervention?
commented 2016-09-22 01:37:18 -0400
You rock Bernard!! One passionate Oil patch worker who cares about his fellowmen, his province & frankly all of Canada. Bernard is very articulate & puts Trudeau to shame. Of course everything he said is truthful & makes so much sense. Let’s hope that the Liberals will pay attention & do something positive & approve the pipelines, instead of destroying our economy & people’s lives with their continuous agenda about global warming, carbon tax which makes no sense at all & their forever delays on all the pipelines at play right now.
commented 2016-09-22 01:18:44 -0400
Jay – what bs you spew as usual, provide facts because I don’t believe a word you say, isn’t unbelievable how you can be ok with trudoop and his colleagues stealing from taxpayers and it’s quite ok with you left wingers. You and idiots voters are the reason we have such an inept idiots at the helm of ottawack, Alberta and ontariowe.
commented 2016-09-22 00:33:32 -0400
Roy Jeanine, the media know that what the Liberals spent on staff re-location was vastly less then what the previous government under Stephen Harper spent. The problem is that the Harper government did not provide any of the specific amounts. It makes it hard for the media to provide an accurate story.
commented 2016-09-22 00:22:57 -0400
So the useless ctv Lisa Laflamme actually mentioned that the liberal government has been stealing again, over 1.1 million dollars to move their friends to Ottowack including the destroyer Gerald butts. They are filling their pockets even faster than ever imagined. But the idiot Laflamme didn’t criticize at all. If that would have been Harper, it would have dominated the news for weeks. But an absurd and unbelievable amount and she doesn’t bat an eyelash, Laflamme is just a traiteress witch.
commented 2016-09-22 00:06:56 -0400
The Prime Minister was repeatedly referred to as “Justin” by Conservatives during the last election as though using the first name would keep the common guy in his place. “Bernard” is referred to by his first name now by Conservatives who want to do what? show him respect or keep him in his place?