The newly announced BC NDP and Green party agreement to topple Christy Clark's Liberals is bad for Albertans, Notley, and Trudeau. And only the last 2 deserve it.
Both the NDP and Greens have explicitly campaigned against Alberta oil and gas projects, and specifically the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion from Sherwood Park Alberta to Vancouver. It’s a 7.4 billion dollar project that the Canadian economy desperately needs.
Notley and Trudeau told us a carbon tax would earn us some mythical social license with the forces of “no”. Sadly, Notley and Trudeau’s friends on the anti-oil left seem unimpressed with our offerings. But that's because no amount of tax would ever get people who irrationally hate oil to like it.
Social license is not a real thing. It never was, and it can't be bought with government funded clotheslines and light bulbs. All this carbon tax is doing is making struggling Albertans poorer while handing a win to the people who want to see Alberta oil and gas taxed into its grave.
Now Notley and Trudeau's abdication of power to activists is coming back to bite them. They both desperately need Kinder Morgan to go forward. Instead, these 2 gave the jobs and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Canadians over to environmentalists who are crazy enough to think a dad behind the controls of a drilling rig is murdering the earth.
As a final irony, the only pipeline that will be built will be Keystone XL, thanks in no small part to President Trump. While the NDP MLAs and Liberal MPs wring their hands and fret and worry about populism and rail about Trump style politics, those Trump style politics might be the only hope Alberta’s oil patch has.