April 11, 2019

Six ways Jason Kenney can defend Alberta's oil and gas sector

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

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.

Zero tolerance.

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?

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commented 2019-04-12 02:47:25 -0400 · Flag
Indeed Angela Watt… Being “sued” is one thing, but actually having to do some time behind bars is entirely another…
commented 2019-04-11 21:04:24 -0400 · Flag
Since most of the environmentalists are funded by big foundations outside of Canada, would they really care if they were sued? They have access to tons of money.
commented 2019-04-11 16:49:59 -0400 · Flag
Well “yes and no” Ron Joseph… While such a special police force might be ineffective when protests are happening on B.C. soil, they could certainly set a “law and order” tone for Alberta…. In B.C. these days, the “Trudeau RCMP” prevail in most communities outside of major urban centres… But “symbolism” can be a powerful force and I think that’s why Ezra made this recommendation…
commented 2019-04-11 12:42:58 -0400 · Flag
Ezra, at first your Pipeline-Oil special Police Department for Alberta sounded like a great idea, but most of the protesters doing Illegal things are from other Provinces like BC and Ontario, where your Alberta Special Police have no jurisdiction.
commented 2019-04-11 12:16:52 -0400 · Flag
When law enforcement is dictated and administered from Ottawa through the RCMP , there is no hope of Alberta having any autonomy over its destiny.
Why not do something revolutionary like establish their own Provincial Police Force.