November 13, 2015

Trudeau just destroyed the Northern Gateway pipeline in one sentence

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Justin Trudeau killed off the Northern Gateway pipeline today. In the mandate letter to his Transportation Minister Marc Garneau, Trudeau told him to "formalize a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia's North Coast."

Of course, what Trudeau really means is that he wants to ban tankers that would have shipped oil that would have been brought to the coast by the Northern Gateway pipeline.

He's not against OPEC oil, of course.

This move is a moratorium on Alberta oil.

Trudeau's father brought in the National Energy Program that also targeted the Western provinces.

He's be proud of his son today.


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commented 2015-11-15 13:58:43 -0500
Alberta / Saskatchewan and non-urban areas of BC and Manitoba should be classed a distinct society within Canada, based on the history of settlement — all those immigrants pouring into the provinces in the late 19th / early 20th centuries have created a mainly conservative, independent-minded populace by and large. Look at previous election results as proof. We didn’t negotiate our way into Confederation as did the Maritimes, nor do we look to only one nation as our saviour/ mother as Quebec does with France, nor did we develop from the UEL / family compact spillover post-American Revolution as did southern Ontario. In short we are unique, albeit characterised as knuckle-dragging Neanderthals by the media and their masters in the GTA. So be it, I’m a proud knuckle-dragger I guess. Point is, we don’t have to look to anyone if we want to get things done; for those who lazily advocate we should just become the 51st state as a simple solution, quit looking for the simple solution. Their are no simple solutions here. The US elected Obozo, and may just as easily elect someone worse in Clinton, and can do so every 4 years ad infinitum — I don’t see how that solves any of our current woes, and by simply handing the reins over to another politically motivated enviro-doodle with the power to kill the oilsands we are no further ahead. Bravo Zulu had the right idea below - keep the refining essentially in-house, build up our infrastructure, sell below the world price. Build it and they will come; the reduced revenue would go to the benefit of the 8-10 million +/ who choose to break away rather than into the black hole coffers of the Ottawa government who have to serve it up to every special “need” Quebec / the GTA deem critical.
commented 2015-11-15 12:25:43 -0500
Just more of the same old insecure Quebec song and dance mentality. Socially niave voters believing that eastern Liberalism has anything new to offer. It’s all as old as upper and lower Canada. It used to be tiresome and frustrating but now it’s just plain antiquated and dull. Self-centered lack of confidence and low self-esteem. Pitiful.
It’s time for a new day of real promise and progression. Let them have Canada. Let them have a Canada without Alberta. Seperatism
based on confident proven ability not childish
dreams of the past. Being a westerner is not really like being a Canadian, anyway. Let’s face it.
commented 2015-11-15 03:05:04 -0500
I would love to see the west separate from the rest of Canada. The east has always neglected or abused the west.
commented 2015-11-14 17:12:48 -0500
so rail is the safer way to ship than a pipeline?…..time to move to Alberta!
commented 2015-11-14 16:13:19 -0500
Don’t be hard on JT. He lacks experience in the real world, so he does whatever Prime Minister Butts tells him to do.
commented 2015-11-14 15:42:53 -0500
Ezra, it sounds like you are surprised. Well I am not. This asshole will mirror what Obama has done the USA. The Liberal wanted change, well hang on to your hat. To top it all, with the terrorist attack in Paris last night, they have confirmed that some of the terrorist came to Paris through Greece amongst the Syrian refugees. So not enough to destroy our economy, this jerk will destroy us. What I find the most amusing is that he planned on installing these little angels in our military installations. Isn’t that just great, I mean what the hell, it will be so much easier for them to amass firearms and ammo and vehicles and clothing. I feel so much safer now that this idiot leads our country. And his Defense Minister said that we need not worry about this. What a joke he is.
commented 2015-11-14 15:34:19 -0500
The West has always been shafted by the Eastern big money big power centre, thats just how power works as it takes care of it’s own interests first. The West has no power because it has no Party representing it.
Quebec has the Parti Quebecois PQ movement that when the people think they are threatened by the Fed’s, they jump on that bandwagon and the fed’s back off.
The West needs to start building a grass roots Party to represent it’s interests or this is what happens as Junior Trudeau just demonstrated.
Canada is just too big to govern as most eastern based Governments have demonstrated.

There could be two functionally distinct sovereign Canada’s;’ Western Canada’, BC, Alberta, Sask. and Manitoba including Yukon and Northwest Territories;… ‘Eastern Canada’ including Nunavit.
There could be some shared crossover responsibilities to preserve the continuity like cross Canada people travel rights, Transportation, shipping rights etc. to protect each others economic values.

Regarding BC, the people of BC are not all radical environmentalists. During the last 2013 provincial election, the NDP was far ahead in the polls but when they made a last minute flip-flop, announcing they were against the Kinder Morgan pipeline (twinning the existing line) expansion, the people got concerned for their jobs and voted in a (majority 49 of 85 seats) Christy Clark’s centre/right (free enterprise coalition) Liberals who were running on a conservative type Strong Economy, Jobs, Fiscal responsible platform.

BC people for the most part know they need jobs and hope for job prospects for their kids.
The Eco-Radicals in BC government (anti- pipeline anti- everything) are contained within the 1-Green party and many of the 34 NDP Party seats.
The BC Eco-Radicals as elsewhere across Canada, are mostly foreign funded by Big Enviro-Foundations.
commented 2015-11-14 12:23:44 -0500
Oh and for those who believe in a green economy,,,, I am open to taking donations to pay for my over inflated power bill…… Thanks
commented 2015-11-14 12:09:06 -0500
For those who would love the west to separate Trudeau is a Godsend. He believes that strangling the west economically somehow makes himself a great Quebecor. Apparently importing OPEC oil at full world market price to the east coast and selling Canadian oil at a 20% discount to the US (discount is due to the US being our only importer) is better than opening world markets to Canadian oil. Add in the gun control measures just announced and you get Trudeau 2.0. I grew up in BC, worked in Alberta and retired in Ontario. BC and Alberta both have an underlining frustration with ROC and these announcements will just fan the flames of separation. As for the Ontario… let me quote what I have been told by several people “I never thought of western Canada being part of Canada, it’s just there.”
commented 2015-11-14 12:03:31 -0500
Just like his father, he is determined to cow Alberta. It won’t cost him anything, he has little support here and the media won’t call him out.
commented 2015-11-14 12:01:20 -0500
You have your pipelines confused Ezra… This is Northern Gateway…
commented 2015-11-14 10:12:36 -0500
Wayne GIlraine said, “It didn’t take long for the separatist flames to be fanned once again. A Trudeau legacy? Sad.”

Considering how Alberta has been treated since the beginning of the Trudeau senior years, I am actually quite surprised at how patient Albertans have been. I, for one, am tired of Alberta being treated like a money purse and a punching bag all at the same time. It is like thugs keep beating us up (metaphorically) and taking out money and then urinating on us before they point an yell “We’ll be back for our cut next year, have it ready, or else!” and walk away laughing.

What do I mean? I mean Alberta is bashed for the oilsands CO2 pollution and tailings ponds day in and day out by the same people that take our Provincial Equalization transfer payments in the tune of billions while bellowing how bad the oilsands are for the environment. The oilsands creates most of the transfer payments money.

CO2 pollution? Alberta produces 11% of Canadian man made CO2 emissions, which is 1.4% of the world CO2. 11% of 1.4%, kinda small I would say. And in any case, the hundreds of thousands of hectares of boreal forest that surrounds the oilsands absorbs that CO2 and spits out oxygen in return. So even if one is concerned about CO2 emissions, and I am not, any that makes it up into the upper atmosphere would be so minuscule as to be completely irrelevant.

So, I end my rant by saying that I really am interested in the separation of the Wet from the East, and if that is not possible, then ALberta from Canada & join the US. At least then the President could not veto the Keystone XL as it would not cross any international borders.
commented 2015-11-14 09:08:03 -0500
That guy whose election cycle image was carefully crafted as relatively moderate, the guy Canadians just elected as Prime Minister, has gone away until the next election. With a majority government in his back pocket and national media on his side, looks like the guy who is ‘just not ready’ is free to pursue his very left ideological agenda. It is very sad this man CBC and CTV just elected, just had to do something to show off to his ‘one world’ friends before connecting with them in Paris at COP21.
commented 2015-11-14 08:34:35 -0500
JJ Joseph – you aren’t nearly as smart as you think you are. PM Harper knows exactly what happened, and who was involved. You underestimate PM Harper, because you weren’t able to recognize a real leader when you saw one, since it takes a special type of person to be one. We Canadians, will rue the day that this terrorist sympathizer and appeaser was implanted into our parliament, as he is pure evil. And I can say that I as a conservative did not vote for this lunatic!
commented 2015-11-14 05:41:49 -0500
Funny thing about this topic of oil. I just watched a show on the comedy channel that had Hillary (sp) Clinton as a guest. They got on the topic of the economic crisis and how if the United States were to become a world leading power in environmental awareness that it would help on eliminating fossil fuels throughout the world and that the green way of living has more jobs for people then they realize. So while this is all great and dandy, how do you suppose we of the northern parts of the world get to work? Horse and buggy or horse and sleigh during winter months? How do we heat our homes to keep our families warm? Especially since burning wood is also harmful to the environment with the so called “pollution” that it gives off, plus the environmental damage of cutting down forrests to heat our homes. That’s would it would take to heat 30 million homes (soon to be 30 million and 25,000 extra by Xmas) every year. You take out the trees, you take out the world. No trees no oxygen (elementary science). So tell me Rachel (sp), Hillary, Trudue, and all you other rose coloured glasses quacks, how do you suppose we do that when oil and gas industries and burning wood, cutting it down (even with a tree saw) are all harmful to the environment? Or did Suzuki now change his mind on that? There will be no mass production, no plants to build anything, no machinery to make our products or to get it. Sure as hell better never ever use plastic again. That’s right, a lot of it comes from, you guessed it, OIL. So us Canadians I guess will just have to sit back and enjoy the time-warp back into the Stone Age.
commented 2015-11-14 02:26:21 -0500
Unfortunately, this is what Canada’s Conservative faithful get when they held their noses and voted Liberal (or NDP). I don’t think the Harper has yet figured out what went wrong. But for all us former Harper fans, this stupid stuff is worth it just to be rid of Harper.
commented 2015-11-14 01:06:03 -0500
“The only problem with building refineries is the NIMBY principle, most People will say Not In My Backyard.”

I’ve talked to engineers about building refineries, and they say that they are too expensive! I would like one in my backyard, but it won’t happen, no matter what Notley says. Unless she burdens the taxpayers with the costs to build them.
commented 2015-11-13 23:08:00 -0500
Toldya,Trudeau wouldn’t pussyfoot around like Harper did. He’s drunk with power and doing all the controversial radical agenda stuff right away, but it won’t stop because the eco-radicals are insatiable, never satisfied.
Ezra is bang on in every point, as some of us lived through it.

Why only the West Coast of Canada? Why not the East Coast too?
Are the coastlines of eastern Canada not pristine enough or worthy of protection?
What about the importance of their Fishery Industry? Eco-systems and First Nations? Are there no risks?
How about Newfoundland / Labrador’s off shore oil industry shipping? Don’t allow any crude oil shipping there either. Moratorium, pronto, slam bang, there done!
Don’t just pick on the West, Our new PM Trudeau should be responsible, open and transparent… but more importantly ‘consistent’.

What about the Irving’s crude oil shipping by water. Put a stopper on it too.
Stop crude oil shipping in the St. Lawrence before you get blamed for a spill. Can you imagine the Thousand Islands full of thick gooey oil ?
Be strong and consistent for all of us Mr. Trudeau ! You are invincible and we’re counting on you to clean up the Quebec mafia corruption in your first month too!
What arrogance to think he can wave his hands and stop provinces from exporting their products via international shipping.
He already thinks he is a dictator with executive orders like Obama.
Announcing new laws before even swearing in the Liberal MP’s.
Where is the Bill for this? Where is the transparent open debate in the House of Commons?

This move has anti-progress eco-radical backroom puppeteer Gerald Butts written all over it.

I doubt this would withstand the scrutiny of ‘an honest’ supreme court decision. If one province cannot block another province’s transportaion of goods from accessing market then it should also stand that the federal government cannot single out one specific product (crude oil), in one specific region of the country, from accessing market when it does not do so consistently throughout the whole country, and as is normal shipping in most countries of the world. Risks of spills are environmentally similar everywhere.
commented 2015-11-13 22:51:22 -0500
Where is Sean we asked him as to what is going to drive Canada’s economy now. We have asked him and Trudeau since Sean seems to be so smart. Sounds like the liberals have gone quiet. He probably didn’t think he was going to get asked such big questions. Guess Sean isn’t so smart after all. Most welfare people aren’t that smart hey Sean? Yvette there will be no green jobs. What they will do is rename jobs. A power line technician will be called a green power line technician an electrician will be called a green electrician that’s the liberals and ndp version of green jobs. But no actual jobs. A furnace technician is now a green furnace technician. Wake up people you can thank the millenials for this. Such a stupid generation. Watch this clip please people. It shows how stupid millenials are. And this is our kids and future. Hey Sean you probably can relate to these kids. Watch yourself
commented 2015-11-13 22:46:05 -0500
Sad news Ezra.
IMO Canada is effed.
commented 2015-11-13 22:04:06 -0500
Sam Young that would be a good idea, but they would probably tax it anyways in some form or another.
commented 2015-11-13 22:03:46 -0500
This and what just happened in France is leading to JT’s destruction.
commented 2015-11-13 22:00:51 -0500
Sean Penson: You’re the one who’s misguided. Get your head out of your butt & face reality. What is going to drive the economy in Canada as The Great Myth etc just pointed out to you, green jobs?? The climate has been changing constantly & will continue to change whether you like it or not & even if you were to shut down the oil industry in its entirety, it would not make one iota of difference to your wacky beliefs. Your precious PM with his 10B deficits for the first 3 yrs, well now they’re complaining that the conservatives left the cupboard bare & the deficits will be much higher in 2016-17 like 13B & in 2018-19 more like 15/16B. He has promised the moon & the stars & lefties like you never stop to figure out where the money will come from to pay for all of it. Why don’t you go sit in a corner & ponder on who you voted for & what you voted for. Maybe you will understand the situation more after you lose your job, providing you have one.
commented 2015-11-13 22:00:06 -0500
Yes, so place a moratorium on east coast tanker traffic, too, and see how that goes.

Hypocrites, or, well meaning fools? Sad choice.

At least we still have hope for the Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion and the Energy East pipeline, the latter being the longest pipeline option (duh), crossing one of the biggest countries on earth. At least it is something, and will also benefit our eastern brethren. It will be needed, with a moratorium on east coast tanker traffic and all. Better make Energy East big, and soon.

The west won’t freeze in the dark, but we are being choked. It hurts.

It didn’t take long for the separatist flames to be fanned once again. A Trudeau legacy? Sad.

What’s next?
commented 2015-11-13 21:55:12 -0500
Time for some recall laws. This shipping ban was not even mentioned in the 3 month election campaign.
commented 2015-11-13 21:55:10 -0500
Here is an idea to circumvent the locomotive fuel tax. How about buying the locomotive gas from Saskatchewan? Sask seems to be pretty friendly towards stuff like oil and having a growing economy. Without the pipeline approvals, I do not see too many alternatives.
commented 2015-11-13 21:54:25 -0500
Someone should have put a ban in place to keep pretty-boy pixies out of Parliament Hill. Is it too late to call another election?
commented 2015-11-13 21:54:20 -0500
Todd, I have often thought that option 4 is probably the best option.
commented 2015-11-13 21:42:02 -0500
Mickey oberman were you born stupid. Build a refinery does what. Then the govenrment will tax the companies through the roof to use local oil and coma oboes r in the business to make money not give it away for free. You really need to educate yourself Mickey first before you come in here. It’s bad enough we have stupid liberals on here now we have just a purely dumb idiot
commented 2015-11-13 21:41:01 -0500
It is not a simple task for Alberta to Separate. Alberta’s main resource oil is land locked to international markets. Alberta’s options are limited. (1) Alberta would need BC to get on board and commit to the Northern Gate Way Pipeline. This options is doubtful with all the Environmental and Global Warming Dooms day fanatics. (2) Get the three prairie provinces to get on board and build an oil port in Northern Manitoba. Then tanker oil out through the Hudson Bay. Manitoba seems to be the wild card in this scenario. (3) Separate on it’s own and continue to ship oil to the US at the current discounted prices or lower prices because the US will know Alberta has no other choice, but to export to them. (4) Alberta could separate and become the fifty first state, where it would get world price for its oil and the keystone pipeline would be under construction the day after signing. Notley and her cronies would of course, have to move back to the provinces where they came from. Maybe they could take the Edmonton and Calgary mayors with them. LMAO
The way things seem to be shaping up in Ottawa, Albertan’s just may not be that opposed to being the fifty first state. The next four years are going to be interesting to say the least.