February 20, 2016

Trudeau and Energy East: Will the Liberal's predilection for "victims" actually work in Alberta's favour?

Spencer GibaraRebel Blogger

The Liberal Party in Canada takes a clear stance on pipelines. That stance is: They'll adopt whatever policy gets them the most support.

While the Conservatives and NDP are parties that are constantly trapped in a balancing act between ideology and popularity, the Liberals benefit from being a party completely devoid of principles all together, and as a result, always cling to the most popular, or the easiest to defend, political stance.

This can especially be seen at the provincial level, where different incarnations of the Liberal Party will always oppose nearly every idea put forward by the governing party, sometimes with contradictory logic.

For example, if the NDP are running a province, the Liberals will put on their “responsible economist” hat, and proclaim that we need to foster an environment to attract and grow business.

On the other hand, when the conservatives are in power, all of a sudden there are no problems that government can’t solve.

It’s commonly said that Liberals in Canada campaign to the left but govern from the right, but I don’t think that’s entirely accurate. Being the “middle party” has molded them into opportunists, where they aren’t driven by moral or political ideas, but by the lust for power.

That brings us to the Energy East fiasco, where Trudeau has humorously argued for criteria that this project must meet, but can ultimately ignore it, if it suits his fancy. The benefit of being in his position is that his party has set precedent for whatever decision he makes.

If he rejects the pipeline, then he can play the environmental card. Trudeau can boast that the environment is one of his party's top priorities, and how morally righteous they are for rejecting it.

But if it’s approved, then we get to watch the Liberals take up the same position the Conservatives were arguing from the beginning, which is that our economy relies partly on oil, whether we like it or not.

It would be fantastically ironic to see the Trudeau government push through a pipeline that Harper had championed for years. It would really stick in the craw of certain progressives, who voted for Trudeau hoping he would share their hatred of Alberta oil.

Under most circumstances, my bets would be on the Liberals to ensure the pipeline would never get built, but something is different now. Alberta has become a struggling province, and if there’s anything Liberals love, it’s siding with “the victim." Now that Alberta has begun to falter, they suddenly become more sympathetic.

It’s the old leftist victim pyramid emerging once again, but this time, it may work to Alberta’s advantage.

Whatever decision Gerald Butts -- er, I mean Justin Trudeau -- makes in the end, it will be whichever has the best political upside. Nothing more. That’s because the pipeline itself isn’t the Liberals’ main focus. What’s important are the repercussions. Will denying its construction lead to Western unrest, eerily reminiscent of his father’s time in power? Or will approval lead to a collapse of their progressive credentials?

One thing is for certain: the needs of Albertans have never really mattered to the Liberals, and this long, drawn out decision on Energy East is a perfect example of that.   

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commented 2016-02-23 15:40:35 -0500
@ Prattly Ponsarello
You question the “intellectual honesty” of the “contributors to this auto-pilot shriekfest” by using the National Observer as an example? Umm…
commented 2016-02-22 07:42:14 -0500
Finally……someone has acknowledged who the ‘organ grinder’ is in this government. We all knew TruDOPE was the ‘monkey’!!!! My money was on Chretin or Butts. Why do we tolerate this hypocrisy? Liberals are never happy unless they have a ‘victim’….appeals to their feelings of superiority, because that is what drives them, the feeling that they are so much better than everyone else…more caring….more proactive…..best liars.
commented 2016-02-21 12:24:21 -0500
Mike De Souza was being quite creative translating what Enbridge’s, Al Monaco actually said. If you read the actual quotes you see a different picture. This journalist was using Al Monaco’s possible future moves to survive in a bad market as , ‘enbridge wants to break its oilsands addiction’. Bullsht.
Enbridge knows its impossible to do business with Canada under the current politic’s. They are trying to make some business moves to survive until the market stabilizes and the Liberals and NDP are out of power, nothing more.
‘intellectual honesty’ what a laugh Prattly.
commented 2016-02-20 23:44:58 -0500
Spencer, I think this hatred for the west and for Canadian oil is not that simple. Its multi layered and rooted from outside of the country. Trudeau is just a puppet. Granted he was born into the role, but he is just a facilitator.
commented 2016-02-20 23:09:03 -0500
Oil sector prepare to get bent over, and get violated by a ski instructor.
commented 2016-02-20 21:59:26 -0500
@ Spencer Gibara – “Alberta has become a struggling province, and if there’s anything Liberals love, it’s siding with “the victim.” Now that Alberta has begun to falter, they suddenly become more sympathetic. "

I disagree. These Justin Liberals are no longer centrist. On many issues they are further left than the NDP, but they do still have the lust for power and moral bankruptcy. Trudeau is going to follow the path of his father and rape Alberta for as much as he can while denying the Energy East pipeline. And Notley is all too happy to help him in any way she can. At least, that is my assessment.
commented 2016-02-20 20:35:14 -0500
The party of everything and nothing at same time. I just don’t have the stomach to support the Liberals anymore. A good write-up Mr Gibara.