Three radical environmental activist groups are ganging up to attack Alberta and they have the blessing of the Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna.
McKenna is speaking at an event celebrating the new partnership between three environmental organizations; Environmental Defence, Equiterre and Pembina Institute.
This is how the event is described:
“Members of the media are invited to attend an event to celebrate a new era of climate action in Canada and a new alliance between Environmental Defence, Équiterre and the Pembina Institute. The April 14th reception will be co-hosted by the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and François-Philippe Champagne, Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice–Champlain and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance.”
What makes this more than just an organic cocktail party for wine and cheese environmentalists are the stances of these three organizations with regard to TransCanada’s proposed east-west pipeline, Energy East.
Equiterre demanded that Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre block Energy East. They even ran a “say no to the tar sands” petition. Coderre listened.
Environmental Defence released a statement about Energy East in regards to Ontario and Quebec saying that “it is our understanding that the pipeline must be rejected by both provinces.”
Pembina Institute doesn’t quite have the guts to go all in like Equiterre and Environmental. Instead they’ll let an increasingly onerous pipeline review process do the work for them. A statement from Pembina’s Director of Federal Policy said “any regulatory review should include not only the pipeline itself but the impact of producing the crude that will flow through it.” They want to block Energy East by regulating it and reviewing it to death.
The Liberals and Trudeau say they support Energy East. But the Liberals are showing Canadians just how much they really mean it by throwing their support behind the very people who are doing everything they can to keep Canadian oil landlocked.