The Alberta NDP insist TransMountain will still get built despite the BC election results, with Energy Minister Marg McQuaig-Boyd saying she’s confident because the federal government approved the pipeline, but as things stand the Greens hold all the power in BC now and that may spell trouble.
Despite the Greens only winning three seats, the BC Liberals lead a weak minority government after winning only 43 seats as compared to the BC NDP’s 42 seats.
Unless vote recounts and absentee ballots earn the Liberals a few more seats, the Greens will be the decision makers on every vote. And if they decide to form a coalition with the NDP, that would give the combined parties even more power.
While the NDP and Greens don’t agree on everything, they do agree on knee capping the oil and gas industry and blocking the TransMountain pipeline.
At the very least, they have the power to stall the pipeline by demanding more conditions regardless of whether the Federal Liberals make the final decision.
No matter how often McQuaig-Boyd and Rachel Notley wear “I heart the oilsands” t-shirts, or don hard hats and coveralls to try to get into the hearts and minds of Albertans, the citizens of this province will never believe they love the oil and gas industry.
Watch as I explain why the Notley NDP’s pro-TransMountain words and paraphernalia, don’t match some of their less obvious actions.
I might believe the Alberta NDP want to get these oil and gas projects off the ground if they’d fire the kooky anti-oil, anti-Alberta activists that fill their government ranks.
But they probably won’t - because the Alberta NDP are anti-oil and anti-Alberta themselves.