On last night's episode of The Ezra Levant Show, I offered six suggestions for what United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney could do as Premier of Alberta to get the province's oil and gas sector back on its feet.
First: set up an oil and gas infrastructure police force. You can’t trust Trudeau’s RCMP. I wish you could, but not on anything that is even vaguely political.
Second: actually enforce existing laws. Lay charges of mischief and vandalism and trespass wherever appropriate. Police don’t need a company’s permission to charge someone with a crime, and Kenney’s attorney general should have a mandate letter to prosecute every single anti-oil crime on sight.
Third: pressure companies to stand up for themselves.
Kenney and his cabinet could say to oil companies: don’t come lobbying us for things if you won’t even help yourself.
Fourth: use RICO laws to prosecute criminal organizations. If the Hell's Angels fundraised off illegal anti-pipeline activity in Canada, like Greenpeace, the government wouldn't hesitate to prosecute them.
Fifth: Enact legislation similar to South Dakota's ban on "riot boosting". This common-sense reform would criminalize the encouragement and coordination of violent anti-pipeline protests.
Sixth: Hold environmental NGOs to the same compliance standards that they use to attack oil and gas companies. Government regulators are happy to comply with the demands of environmentalists and force every private company to comply with the exact letter of the law, but what would happen to these activists if they faced the same treatment?