The Liberals' new “no more pipelines” Bill C-69 has just passed the Senate. But did anyone in the government ever analyze what this bill would do to the economy of Alberta?
Today, we have the answer to that question, I think.
Bill C-69 is a disaster for Canada’s oil patch and for any company even thinking about investing here. The new law extends timelines for project reviews and will allow just about any ill-informed anti-energy krank a seat at the table to complain about how pipelines are bad and mean.
The changes to regulation require new resource projects to be scrutinized according to “the intersection of sex and gender with other identity factors” and gives the Federal Environment Minister added discretionary power on deciding whether a project goes ahead or not.
It won’t be experts weighing the merits and risks of energy infrastructure anymore. Those decisions will now be in the hands of politicians like Catherine “Climate Emergency” McKenna.
The bill is really a “closed for business” sign to the world while our neighbors to the south are drilling, fracking, building pipelines and exporting at rates never seen before.
But did the Liberals even bother to examine whether this stupid new law hurts the economy of Alberta, where people of all gender identities need jobs immediately?
I have my speculations and an order paper question response that leads me to believe they didn’t.
The Liberals were asked for proof of any economic analysis and the Liberals are mandated to produce those records if they have them. They didn’t, leaving me to speculate that either the Liberals did the analysis and it didn’t turn out the way they’d hoped so they are sitting on it in breach of parliamentary rules.
Or they didn’t bother to do it at all.
I guess it’s up to the Liberals to tell us which one they are guilty of.
But, for the record, we’re submitting an Access to Information Request to the government to make sure. We want to know exactly what went on, and, if so, why the impact on Alberta’s oil and gas sector wasn’t even considered? We’ll keep you in the loop.