January 12, 2017

“Brilliant political tactician” Clark approves Transmountain Pipeline expansion in B.C.

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

Another big hurdle for the Transmountain Pipeline expansion was cleared yesterday afternoon when the BC government and Premier Christy Clark announced they will be granting provincial approval through their environmental assessment.

Many of you might be critical of Clark’s demands, but I really like the nationalist, or I guess it would be provincialist, tone of the Premier.

Clark says Kinder Morgan has agreed to not only put British Columbian’s first in hiring, but to give us our “fair share”: $1 billion over 20 years.

It was nearly five years ago when the premier first announced her five conditions for BC’s approval. And while she faced a lot of criticism for seemingly opposing the project during the NEB hearings, I have to hand it to her for never once tweaking those five conditions.

This is the kind of brilliant political tactician Premier Clark is.

With the five conditions met, I actually think there will be moderate, swing voters who will support (or more likely not vote against) the BC Liberals because of this decision.

But I want to know what you think, if you’re a British Columbian, email me at Christopher@theRebel.Media and let me know your thoughts on how Premier Clark handled this issue, and if you are like me and think she knocked this one out of the park.


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commented 2017-01-13 16:20:31 -0500
She seems to be more a pragmatist than conservative. My issues is she plays the whole politically correct card with global warming nonsense, native issues, homosexuality, ect. I am probably one of the few that looks in detail when the Budget comes out. We use to see 7 – 8 % increases in Healthcare funding, but now and in forecasts it is around 3%. How can possibly be sustainable in reality? Yes, she has, as she has said, made some efficiencies, but can you really over come the gargantuan baby boomer aging problem with efficiencies? They have played a few other budget “magic tricks” to run surpluses.

With that said, BC has now had the benefit to witness what a modern NDP can do, and holy shit, I think I have to say Notley is worse than our 90s NDP government was. And that is quite the feat.
commented 2017-01-13 13:36:42 -0500
DEB G and KEN CLEMENTS….I’m glad your memories seem to to be functioning well, otherwise my posts would be meaningless and a waste of time. You folks remember. Why has it been so in vogue to bash Alberta so much, leaving aside the stasi princess? (obvious) On another thread last week, Hillary, I mean JIMMY REESE admonished my post and scolded me stating I had no clue of the untold benefits Alberta receives from the rest of Canada. After carrying much of the rest of Canada’s load for the past 50 years, I’m sure not feeling the love. And whatever candies the rest of Canada has tossed us over the years pale in comparison to what we have given. I truly wish a painless,affordable, seamless separation could take place. Alberta and Saskatchewan would make one powerful country.
commented 2017-01-13 12:55:11 -0500
It’s time to force all politicians to do the right thing.
commented 2017-01-13 12:23:04 -0500
Christy Clark and the BC Liberals are Liberals in name only. In fact they were going to change their name 6 years ago. They are over 30% Fiscal Conservative.
Christy was a Conservative open-line radio host or hostess around 10 years ago.
My guess is that she approved the pipeline, as she saw the possible destruction of her Province with the Trump-Trudeau impossible relationship. In other words BC’s Soft-wood Lumber deal with the US is in big trouble, and will mean a major hit to the BC economy. The pipeline might soften the blow.
Trudeau ignoring Trumps inaugural is the first shot in this relationship. The feminist is going to be sorry that he didn’t stay on a mountain and teach snow-boarding. All Canada is going to suffer.
commented 2017-01-13 11:47:53 -0500
Someday we’ll have a political leader in Canada that will stand up to people like Clark and stop them from violating the Constitution and holding provinces hostage to gain political favor. Every time some little mayor or a second rate provincial politician threatens to block a pipeline, the leaders of this country run and hide or pander to these little fascists giving them the power to stop projects that are the responsibility of the federal government. The people of Alberta were given the finger by this Trudeau bootlicker. She may be a hero for Chris Wilson but for many in Alberta, she’s a underhanded skank.
commented 2017-01-13 10:36:29 -0500
Now that Crispy Christy has set the precedent, Alberta can demand it’s “fair share” of the revenue generated by the 95% of BC’s oil and gas that gets to market via Alberta pipelines. After all it’s only “fair” right?
commented 2017-01-13 09:42:25 -0500
David White – I agree, Christie acted like an extortionist with AB! BC benefited much from the money flowing from AB for many, many years. And we provided employment for those in BC and SK who couldn’t find good paying jobs in those provinces, due to bad governing. As those of us in AB go bankrupt, all those summer homes will likely be filled with refugees. So do be careful what you wish for Christie, because you may get much more than you bargained for.
commented 2017-01-13 09:34:59 -0500
I won’t believe it until the work has begun and those who oppose everything are kept at bay. It’s easy to say its approved, but I don’t think it will go forward. Christie just wants to be reelected, and like all liberals, she knows the language to keep people on a string. They dangle the carrot, and then allow lunatics to protest until projects are put on hold again. Actions always speak louder than words. I hope it goes forward, but as we have seen before, every major project that is good for the people and our economy, is not good enough for those who wish to control our country, and drive us into poverty for their own egos, while taking money from corrupt billionaires. They are traitors to our country, and should be jailed for being allowed to interfere with expansion of our energy sectors. What a three ring circus this has become. The government needs to get this done, instead of playing with peoples lives, in this endless stop and go merry-go-round.
commented 2017-01-13 02:31:54 -0500
David White I absolutely agree with you, just saying she definitely sticks up for her province which is what she was elected to do and although I certainly don’t agree with carbon taxes in any form at least she’s not literally trying to destroy everything like Notley. As an Albertan I have to admit I find it pretty sad that a liberal government looks better than what we’ve got here. As for the pipeline I also will be surprised if it’s actually built in my lifetime.
commented 2017-01-13 02:11:21 -0500
You are all crowing accolades but don’t forget 5 years have gone by. And being an Albertan I think she treated us like shit with her blackmailing ways and condescending attitude. I understand we had our own gem, UN lawyer Redford negotiating for us, but Christy was a real bitch. A real claws extended cat fight.

I think excitement should be tempered until back hoes, ditchers, side-booms and pipe trucks are rolling. Don’t forget you will still have to deal with St. Suzuki, Dizzy May. Gregor and the rest of their ilk. This could still be a long journey, but any good news is obviously welcome. Unlike Michelle Obama, I still have hope.
commented 2017-01-13 01:32:45 -0500
In my time working on the pipeline i saw more environmental advances and green tech coming from the oil companies than from greenfece or any other slimy eco group.
commented 2017-01-13 01:31:14 -0500
Kelvin got that right , it brings in jobs and tons of tax revenue, that should be enough, maybe some extras but they should be reasonable.
commented 2017-01-13 00:25:20 -0500
Great news for the pipeline, but it still feels like extortion to me.
commented 2017-01-12 22:35:27 -0500
Re: softwood lumber deal. I think Trump will quickly come to ‘some’ conclusion intuitively as well. Not sure if we are going to like it though.


“20-12-2016 – United States Department of Commerce Initiates Investigations into Imports of Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada

On December 16, 2016, the United States Department of Commerce announced its decision to initiate countervailing and anti-dumping investigations into imports of certain Canadian softwood lumber products.

Additionally, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has begun an investigation into whether the U.S. industry was either injured or is threatened with injury as a result of the allegedly subsidized and/or dumped imports of certain softwood lumber products from Canada."
commented 2017-01-12 22:26:17 -0500
I get that it’s time to start talking Christie up, with the election coming in the spring, but I don’t give Christie Clark as much credit as Christopher does. I do however respect her as a politician and I can’t say that about any other female premier in this country. Notley thinks we are mean to all women politicians. Not true, we are just ‘mean’ to the ones who rule against all reason, like Wynne and Notley.

Will Christie be able to manage the flack the “first” nations will surely be dealing out to hold things up. It will be interesting to see if they can be kept out from under the wheels of progress in the construction of this pipeline. You can be sure they are going to try to block it.
commented 2017-01-12 22:22:12 -0500
The BC Liberals have kept an extremely low profile since Gordon Campbell’s ignoble departure from BC…
Is this pipeline ‘approval’, now, a successful strategy by a ‘brilliant political tactician’, or merely lucky good timing by an indecisive caretaker government with no ideas?
I’d like to feel good about the ‘approval’, but saying and getting done, in politics, is a horse of a different colour…
As one of the disenfranchised rural BC minority, maybe the tactical premier could comment on this:
WARNING: CBC Fake News ‘reporting’, and left-wing ‘think tank’, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
The problem of the dying of the BC interior, or it’s murder( Agenda 21/30) will not be solved by advisory councils, committees, so-called experts and a lot pretty sounding BS! Nothing ever is.

Bye the bye; If the West does separate from the Eastern establishment tax-pigs,trough-snorters and ‘elites’, it is very likely the Fraser Valley will NOT be included – unless or until it is purged of all those nasty undesirables that belong back East with the rest of the corruption…
commented 2017-01-12 22:20:34 -0500
Agreed Bill. She’s closer to PC than anybody we’ve had running in Alberta for a long time. Most of the line is obviously in BC so hiring local is just common sense and 1B over 20 years? JT spends that before lunch.
commented 2017-01-12 19:58:17 -0500
I have to admit Clark has been good for BC, she runs a fiscally responsible government devoid of scandal – probably the first in living memory.

I think her politics are mis-branded she is definitely PC in government delivery.
commented 2017-01-12 19:14:15 -0500
I guess as an Albertan, I find the protectionism wrong. However, as an Albertan, I am envious of both BC and Sask. for having governments looking out for their constituents; we haven’t had such a government since 2006. I also think my kids have lived long enough in BC to be considered BC’ites so can have jobs there.
commented 2017-01-12 19:13:41 -0500
Good, just when I thought the BC Liberals were bending their weak knees to native and community groups. Did something right for a change.
commented 2017-01-12 18:49:04 -0500
WILSON , seems like a sort of positive report , but just the same I’ve just hit the button on my stop watch -— when’s it going to get started
That’s the only question most of us have , it’s like swimming in molasses when it comes to pipeline politics