Rachel Notley had a chance to stand up for Alberta on Tuesday. She didn’t.
Monday night, the Province of Quebec won a court injunction against TransCanada that forces the Energy East pipeline project to undergo additional provincial environmental testing. It’s legal wrangling designed to delay or maybe even block the pipeline.
This prompted Rachel Notley to hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon to explain what this all meant for Alberta, and you’ll never believe what she said.
Notley said she talked to officials in Quebec and the Prime Minister’s Office and then she stood down, if we were to believe that she was ready to stand up at all.
This was Rachel Notley’s chance to show us she was up for the job of premier. It was Rachel Notley’s chance to show us she understands her job as the steward and salesperson of our chief resource. Instead Rachel Notley seized this opportunity to show us all that she won’t do anything for Albertans, no matter how much we need her to. Even worse, she showed us all she’ll do exactly what Justin Trudeau tells her to do.
Rachel Notley works for Albertans, not for Prime Minister Trudeau. If she won’t stand up for us now, she never will.