July 08, 2015

Don't be fooled: Notley's "pro-oil sands" speech was just socialist double talk

Rebel Staff

Alberta's NDP premier Rachel Notley gave a speech to a group of oil industry investors. According to one media report, she "wowed" the investors with her "pro-oil sands" address.


I've been following Notley's activities closely for months, and her NDP government has moved against the oil sands faster than any other item on their agenda.

So what did she say in that speech that made anyone think she was an oil sands cheerleader?

The key is that certain words mean something very different to socialists like Notley than they do to business leaders.

I read between the lines to show you what Notley really meant.

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commented 2015-07-22 02:03:40 -0400
Thank god I’ve got a couple contracts right now that are not directly related to Oil and Gas, but once their finished up, which is soon, I’m going to have to look again, and all I really know is O&G… NDP just had to borrow 6 Billion to make their grand promises work. This chick is not just a raging alcoholic, she apparently addicted to cocaine… she has to be to be making speeches like that and hiring oil hating chiefs of staff… And then this speech was given without any press allowed… What a bitch with an agenda… One thing is for sure, we’re screwed and I never thought I would ever use this sentence… Saskatchewan is looking pretty good right now… We can still live there and pay a mortgage for our house here in Calgary, that will not be an issue, but I really love the city I was born in… Thanks NDP voters, whoever you are, because I have yet to hear anyone ever admit they voted for them to this day, and believe me, I ask… I voted for the winner in my area and it was NOT NDP… It wasn’t Libs, PC, Or WR, so you figure it out… I always voted PC until this year but then I voted for someone who at least had a brain, good credentials, and loves O&G as almost everyone in my area actually works or worked in the field in some form or another until our recent downturn. Now she’s going to screw us all over, faster…. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE, We’re all going to need it. :)
commented 2015-07-21 17:08:03 -0400
Socialists are like raging alcoholics, they don’t see an issue with their behaviour until they hit ROCK BOTTOM!!!

So chain smoking Notley ( your face looks like an old catcher’s mit Rachel ) has to hit rock bottom before any change may occur.

And that means that each and every Albertan needs to bend over – ’cause that runt lawyer communist pig brian topp is driving.

Enjoy the ride and next time you vote Alberta, do it with your wallet, not some ginned up attitude toward those in power.
commented 2015-07-13 02:05:59 -0400
Bryan , the NDP cannot control oil prices, you are correct. Have you ever heard of the straw that broke the camels back? Do you understand that extraction companies do not stay in provinces or countries where their bottom line formula’s are not met. Notely has tipped the boat and announced loud and clear that Alberta is not open for any future extraction business.
Notely hasn’t been in power for more than 8 weeks, and look at the exodus.

Bryan, can you tell us what Notely expects from extraction companies if they think they could be in Alberta? The list is long and pathetic, and makes absolutely sure no one will be coming back for at least 4 years.

We know you are a socialist., and you think that is a good thing. What province did you move to Alberta from, or were you just dropped on your head at birth.

Oil companies can make money at below 80 a barrel, but not with someone like Notely in power in Alberta.
commented 2015-07-12 23:29:50 -0400
What a crock of crap this Levant idiot spews, the NDP have been in government for 2 months folks and Alberta does not control the oil price so anyone starting any oil sands project now is destined to shut it down until prices are stable above $80..so cry all you want about the NDP…where were you cry babies in the last 40 years while so much mismangement when on.
commented 2015-07-12 00:55:51 -0400
I think you could be right Robert. I wonder how deep this is going to go.
commented 2015-07-11 22:11:25 -0400
Investors aren’t fooled by this and neither are those that run the oil and gas industry. They’re shutting down and moving to Sask. or other jurisdictions in the world. You are going to see an exodus of around three million people from Alberta over the next year and a half. Abandon buildings by the hundreds of thousands. Energy industry budgets are set in the fall, and any activity that’s happening now are the fumes from last years budgets. We have an economic disaster in the making here that will make Ont. look like a boom town.
commented 2015-07-11 00:49:05 -0400
Albertans have drunk the watermelon kool-aid and elected the NDP eco-socialists, and now the whole country will suffer. Watermelon= green on the outside, red on the inside. A sure recipe for national economic catastrophe.
commented 2015-07-10 18:14:37 -0400
At least she’s wearing the right coloured hat.
commented 2015-07-09 20:57:14 -0400
Well done, Ezra. That should set Don Braid straight on the precise meaning of Notley’s words. Some say we’re headed for a recession. If so, Notley will push that deeper, into depression territory. Now imagine a Mulcair or Trudeau victory in October.
commented 2015-07-09 14:57:39 -0400
What hypocrisy! I am sure Albertans will put Notley and the NDP into political oblivion soon. Remember Stelmach.
commented 2015-07-09 12:03:27 -0400
Prince, well stated. At the same time the average albertan should be prepared to demonstrate their distrust at what the notley crew is about to do to our province. The media should be held to the fire also. Ergo the " hard hat" rebellion. If the pressure is kept up they may not screw the place up so bad in four years. There are way to many livelihoods at stake .
commented 2015-07-09 09:57:46 -0400
Easy, folks. Everybody take a breath.

Some of us here have come from NDP-run provinces, so we have first-hand experience in how they “do” (read, “wreck”) things. But here’s a slice of reality — in any province that was run by NDP, just how bad was one term? Don’t get me wrong, it’s not good, not in the least. But the reality is this: a second term is orders-of-magnitude worse than just one term. Yes, Notley can do a lot of damage, but it won’t be unrepairable. We have to weather this four-year term, and then throw these beggars out on their collective arses.

What we need to do is lobby, starting now, our party of choice to undo — yes, I said “undo”, and that means rolling back tax hikes, repealing new taxes (like the carbon tax), and slashing the bureaucracies — whatever the NDP will do. Yes, I’m fully cognizant that this will be a monumental undertaking for any replacement government, and will likely have to be done in stages. But to regain the “Alberta advantage” we will have to get back to a [relatively] efficiently-run government, as close to a business model as possible. Further, we need to be smart and unite, so as to not “split the vote” and inadvertently hand Notley her second term (it happened in BC, which led to my defection).

Yvette, I’m getting my oilpatch information from a relative that lives and works there. The companies are making no secrets about what they’re planning.
commented 2015-07-09 09:00:32 -0400
The NDP will ruin Alberta and will damage the whole of Canada’s economy. The have-not provinces such as Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes will be getting less money perhaps nothing from equalizing payments.
commented 2015-07-09 08:42:13 -0400
Thank you, Dennis Krupski for your comment.

That is exactly what I have been saying all along. It does not make economic and practical sence to build a refinery in Alberta for the reasons you stated.
commented 2015-07-09 01:21:11 -0400
The comment of refining all the oil in Alberta just indicates the lack of knowledge about the industry by the uneducated niave left ecofreaks> The oil produces multiple products that would require pipelines and ground transport to get them to market making them extremely costly and undesirable to the end users, so they would buy crude oil from other sources. Some of the main producte produced from crude oil are Liquified petroleum gas (LPG), Gasoline, Naphtha, Kerosene and related jet aircraft fuels, diesel fuel, heating Fuel oils, Lubricating oils, Paraffin wax, Asphalt, Petroleum coke, Sulfur, butane, propane, lubricants,and petrochemicals for manufacturing.. It is only profitable to provide these products for a certain surrounding area and then ship crude oil to areas where there is a demand for the individual products. The cracking process allows for the the customizing of the resulting distillate based on the demand for those products in the region.
The second point is that the building of a refinery takes at least 10 years, if the company can even get the required approvals and permits. This is why the existing refineries like the upgrader and co-op refinery in Regina continues to grow since it is easier and quicker to get permits to expand existing facilities than to get permits for new facilities.
The niavity of people that assume that we could refine all the oil produced in the region and then supply other markets at a reasonable cost are just plain retarded in their knowledge and thinking!
commented 2015-07-09 00:55:54 -0400
They’re taking the right to earn a decent living away from people, the basic right to feed their families. This is immoral. Our natural resourses belong to the working men and women of this country, not the environmentalits or any other anti -Canadian influence including any agenda from the UN.
commented 2015-07-09 00:45:34 -0400
Well I hope it does not take 15 years for Alberta I’ll be a nervous wrech by that time … assuming I am even still in the province by that time. Four year will be four years too much. I am so frustrated that I do not even want to talk to the members of my family that I know voted for the NDP. I would not trust myself to not say the wrong thing.
commented 2015-07-08 23:39:32 -0400
Peter N. I echo your sentiments. My daughter & her family live in Calgary. Prince, hope you are correct about the backlash. If something is not done & pronto, then I’m very afraid for Alberta & its people. How ironic is it that no matter how voters felt about the former premier, to vote NDP as a punishment all the while knowing where the NDP stand & even if it means that their future may be in jeopardy. This is like making a left turn, knowing full well you will be broadsided by an oncoming car but you do it anyway. Soooooooo stupid. It took 15 yrs in Mb for people to come to their senses with the latest poll showing over 60% in favor of the Conservatives in all ridings. About time.
commented 2015-07-08 22:46:35 -0400
The gushing account of Notley’s speech by Braid with The Calgary Heralf brings to mind ‘journalist’ Porter’s inventive article about Ezra in The Toronto Star.
commented 2015-07-08 22:39:14 -0400
Oil companies don’t have any challenges, they just make sensible moves. Alberta is far from the only place they do business.
commented 2015-07-08 22:33:16 -0400
i think oil ex’s are smart enough to know they have challenges ahead…
commented 2015-07-08 20:51:33 -0400
“Notley has no clue what she’s just taken on. (Hint: unlike BC’s forest system and Ontario’s auto sector, the oil patch unions aren’t political.” Really good point Prince.
Notely is so naive, just listen to her in the House. She believes in fairy dust, but unfortunately at the moment has the power to wreck everything in her path in her quest for it.
commented 2015-07-08 20:27:50 -0400
The exodus of capital is well underway in AB. There remains some optimism, but other opportunities are being developed, here in Canada and internationally . Notley seems to think that after sitting 9-days in the legislature, and shutting down business for the next 4-months, that that is leadership. The NDP have no idea how this is going to play out, but the rest of us do. I wonder how many are regretting voting for these economy killers.
commented 2015-07-08 20:23:04 -0400
High vis coveralls and hard hat rebellion!!!!!!
commented 2015-07-08 20:18:12 -0400
The stakes are even higher now, Kelvin. The oil patch won’t “roll over”. Notley has no clue what she’s just taken on. (Hint: unlike BC’s forest system and Ontario’s auto sector, the oil patch unions aren’t political. Second hint: the Wildrose leader’s riding is Fort Mac…) Notley crows about finding an extra $1b in revenues… guess what? They’re, among other things, based on higher taxes and redefined royalty rates. And if the oil companies shut down or relocate altogether, where does that income go…? Notley doesn’t have a clue what she’s bitten off. This crew will fight back, and hard.

Gonna be fun to watch!
commented 2015-07-08 20:11:35 -0400
Thanks Ezra for keeping us informed. My brother and his wife live in Calgary they both retired this year and were planning to sell their house and retire to the interior of British Columbia I wonder how much their house has devalued. I don’t know how they voted in the last election but they probably voted for the NDP they were all ways a little left wing.
IF they did they are about to reap the whirl wind, that should change their minds the next time there is a vote 4 more years.
To let people know what generation you belong to enter your age….mine is 67
Enlightened Conservative
commented 2015-07-08 19:48:04 -0400
I hope your right Prince, remember when Stelmack raised the royalties. The hole patch shut down for a year and that was with a much higher oil price
commented 2015-07-08 19:46:09 -0400
Yea, strange days I never imagined I would ever see.
commented 2015-07-08 19:38:28 -0400
Nope , they won’t have to worry about saying no to any new approvals, that is for sure! I’m sure the exodus is well under way. I wonder what Harper really said to Notely yesterday in their meeting before they were both smiling for the cameras at Stampede.

Strange days for Alberta.
commented 2015-07-08 19:37:26 -0400
Great accurate critique Ezra, what ever are we going to do get Canada moving along again?
For one thing I believe Albertans’ need to recall this NDP Government, if that is possible and vote in the Wildrose Party – at least they understand oil and the business of oil!
Having an NDP Government in Alberta is ( while I have nothing against veteranarians’ ) is like having a veterainian instead of a Doctor and Alberta and Canada needs Neuro-Surgeon right now!