November 30, 2016

Trudeau approves two pipelines, but will they ever be built?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Yesterday Justin Trudeau approved two new pipeline projects, and killed a third. 

Line 3 was an easy one: It’s a replacement of an existing pipeline, making it more safe and efficient. That means $7.5 billion in construction, mostly on the Canadian side.

But yesterday Trudeau killed the Northern Gateway pipeline. It was a beautiful $10 billion idea — a pipeline 10 per cent owned by Indian bands, with construction jobs set aside for them. So once again, Aboriginal people pay the price for Greenpeace activism. This cancellation is a disgrace.

(Part of that disgrace is owned by Harper’s Conservatives; the Northern Gateway was delayed for years in an absurd hearing process that they allowed to be hijacked by environmental activists…)

Trudeau approved one more proposal yesterday:

The Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion.

All the anti-pipeline activist groups, all foreign funded, worked in the last campaign to get Trudeau elected. Now they’re mad at him. They’ll sue to stop this pipeline expansion.

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives didn’t have the will to put a shovel in the ground.

I’m not sure if Justin Trudeau does.

More to the point, I don’t think he wants to.

NEXT: Garnett Genuis, author of "The Fight for a Principled Foreign Policy: Commentary and Select Speeches from my First Year in Parliament," joins me to discuss Trudeau's foreign affairs faux pas.

THEN: Broadcaster John Gormley and I continue to speculate on what's next for Canadian pipeline projects.

FINALLY: I respond to your messages to me!

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commented 2016-12-02 16:03:17 -0500
What’s become clear Justin, your NOT in the best interest of the country. Can we direct someone to cancel you?
commented 2016-12-01 16:11:27 -0500
The mean theme running through you commentary today is that there is far too much PC in the PC party in Canada. It will take a Herculean effort to rid the party of progressives and I see very few leadership candidates with the ability to do it. The PC party had several years to get rid of HRC but choose not to do it. They could, as noted, have approved and got starter all the pipelines.

Canadians are timid as it is evident by their fear of fighting opponents to free speech, just look at the debacle taking place at the U of T regarding Prof. Jordan Peterson, by allowing terrorism of the State against its own citizens.

In other words; Canadians elect these people to govern them. It is no accident that we are for globalization and the self flagellation of of our resource industry in order to help third world countries grow their industry.

Were it Trump Canada when we need him? Oh, 80% of Canadians opposed Trump for president. Just as well we do not vote in the States. It will be a long wait.
commented 2016-12-01 14:45:10 -0500
- Oh what a paradise this world would be if we could rid it of these damn “progressives”. Bunch of bought & paid for OPEC globalists.
commented 2016-12-01 13:19:09 -0500
By the way BC, those would be wooden bicycles, would they not????
commented 2016-12-01 12:51:53 -0500
Ron Voss—-I agree with you , Harper’s unfinished business. It seems that once they got the majority, they sat around for 2 years congratulating themselves, instead of rushing projects through.
Steve Hicken—Do you really think a safe pipeline would kill all those white bears in the rain forest?
Also I don’t believe the pipeline would harm the great tourist trade up there; all 2 dozen tourists a year would keep coming.
commented 2016-12-01 11:29:40 -0500
Disappointingly, along with the CBC the Northern Gateway pipeline is another part of Harper’s legacy of unfinished business.
commented 2016-12-01 10:57:26 -0500
Here it is in a nutshell. Convince Manitoba to join Alberta and Saskatchewan to form our own country.( a SUPER COUNTRY) Churchill is our shipping port as Andrew Mirlach has pointed out, and with Trump now in power Keystone can be our conduit to the south. Fu*k eastern Canadian elitism and welfare Maratimes, and especially Fu*k BC. BC can then face our border with the prospect of not being able to ship ANY goods east. How would that feel enviro green uber retardos? You could then spend the rest of your lives riding bicycles and watching the whales and NOT fuc*ing up our lives. ENJOY!!!
commented 2016-12-01 10:18:28 -0500
cameron robock…are you still smoking the same stuff you were smoking when you made your previous dumb comments and got turfed as a sask ndp candidate?
commented 2016-12-01 10:00:14 -0500
If the Northern Gateway pipeline was built, you would never know it was there because it would be underground and the land that would have been disturbed to bury the pipeline would have been restored back to its original state.

So those people whining about the beauty of the Great Bear Forest region and how a pipeline through there would destroy the region are either woefully misinformed or just plain liars.
commented 2016-12-01 09:28:05 -0500
google Great Bear Rain Forrest and look at" images" There is no damn way a pipeline should cut through this area. It’s not right and insane to even think of doing this. Sometimes people just dont think. So yeah JT was dead right killing Northern Gateway. First thing he’s done right.
commented 2016-12-01 08:34:05 -0500
It is not surprising to me that Northern Gateway was dismissed. We have some of the best safety planning and practices in the world (for both workers and the general public – ignore the “if he worked with me I’d deliberately get him injured haha” comments below as they are tongue in cheek and would cost them, personally, their safety bonus). When we want or need to build something, we do it well. The left is coming to realise that controlling the bureaucracy and giving extreme application standards (for how they think we can work) is no longer enough. We have or can raise the expertise to meet the impact guidelines for almost everything they throw at us.

The greenies don’t care about whether it’s done safely, they don’t want it to be done at all. Build Absolutely Nothing, Anytime, Near Anything. BANANAs are part of the Liberal party base. Trudeau can’t take that chance. Unless Chinese interests donate more to Liberal party coffers, perhaps?
commented 2016-12-01 07:09:57 -0500
trudeau is taking us down the obama path, he is just really stupid so its going to be scary until hes out.
commented 2016-12-01 03:33:47 -0500
“Somebody” in Ottawa finally “got the message” as to what happened in the US presidential election and what that in reality means in the coming months and years for “energy flow” for at least the coming 8 years in North America !… We can only hope…. So, more wind farms a dead duck; solar grids a dead duck; and Winnie The Poo in Ontario on life support…
commented 2016-12-01 02:59:15 -0500
Cameron it is the conservatives who did most of the work and the NDP will never get elected here again.
commented 2016-12-01 02:28:15 -0500
Look at all those protests in North Dakota. If the proposed pipelines proceed, you will see the same thing that is happening in North Dakota happen here.

I am glad that winter is here to freeze all those protesters.
commented 2016-12-01 01:43:18 -0500
Yes they will be. But all the conservatives parties are against the pipelines being built… because it will mean Alberta ndp getting elected for another term.
commented 2016-12-01 01:07:13 -0500
Peter Babich i am a former pipeliner as well, since Notley took over i had to get work elsewhere. Would love to take some of the snowflakes out on a job, especially the king snowflake Justin, a skid in the side of his head would do him some good.
commented 2016-12-01 00:39:43 -0500
I’m sad Northern Gateway didn’t get approved. I’m alarmed that Ezra might be right and Trudaeu has no intension of building Kinder Morgan. A radio host in Victoria sais he will sing a Britany spears song on air if Elizabeth May actually goes to prison like she promised for protesting Kinder Morgan. His bet bet she is bluffing. I for one would like to see Elizabeth get a criminal record. She is a liability where jobs and prosperity are concerned.
commented 2016-12-01 00:31:21 -0500
My first thougth was I live near Vancouver and Kinder Morgan will bring 34 tankers by every day! The anti Kinder Morgan people said Tanker traffic will go up 700%! What! and I’m pro oil. Scary! Then I finally got the facts and realized that currently only 5 ships a month sail into Vancouver to pick up oil from Kinder Morgan, a little more than one a week. 700% more then means 5 ships x 7 which is 34 ships a MONTH ( the tanker haters rounded up of course), which means a total of 1.1 ships a day will sail into Vancouver, pick up some oil, and sail into the distance in any one day. 1 ship a day! With all the ships in the biggest port on the West coast and we can’t handle .80 ships a day more in the Harbour for a tax benefit to BC of 1 billion dollars a year? Of course the left are saying this one ship will make killer whales extinct in the area because they won’t be able to to communicate because of all the ship noise. 1 ship a day is not going to kill whales. Don’t get me wrong, I love whales, but when libs say 700% it means 1 ship a day. 1 Ship.
commented 2016-11-30 23:35:42 -0500
Terry B. ….I wouldn’t worry too much about whether Asians want to buy our oil, KM is the largest energy infrastructure in America & operate 85,000 miles of pipeline & 80 terminals & they wouldn’t be going ahead with this project without having done the marketing homework first.
commented 2016-11-30 23:32:59 -0500
I’m positive that Kinder Morgan will be built, but I believe Trudeau will have to bring the Army to clear the path. (just like Daddy did) Even Andrew Coyne pleaded that Canada needs some Law & Order when it comes to these protests.
Let useless people like Elizabeth May and her non- employed friends stay in jail until after the next election; they won’t be missed.
commented 2016-11-30 23:32:24 -0500
Having made the decision on these pipelines, the government should be held to account.

Prime Minister Trudeau should be encouraged to fulfill the promises he made yesterday.

Some will want to subvert the decision.

If you want the best for Canada’s economy, support it!
commented 2016-11-30 23:30:23 -0500
Peter. Hahahaha, great point, only, I think they should give them away – in disgust!! To you and I no? Or better still, give them to oil loving Ezra Levant!! Yeah! That’ll show him!! lol Here Levant – take our oil based 50’s and 100’s, and 20’s too!! lol
commented 2016-11-30 23:29:58 -0500
Excellent research Ezra, but it’s very concerning. Nothing makes sense anymore, one goes through all the procedures, etc & finally an approval is made & now you can go ahead with your project, but whoa, put the ge brakes on, hold your breath because now the normal thing is protesters & lobbyists who will kibosh the whole thing. This is so damn maddening, I would like to round them all up & send them barreling over Niagara Falls.
As for Notley, we all know what her little game is, pretending to be so excited about KM approval when all she’s doing is an act & using Albertans to achieve her goal. She hates the oil industry, but willing to love it long enough to increase the revenues so she can invest even more in her “green” energy & when the goal is reached throw Albertans under the bus again, she as much as admitted that in an interview today, not the bus part, but the reason for increased revenue. She is an excellent example of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a Dr. Jeckyl & Mrs. Hyde.
commented 2016-11-30 23:26:55 -0500
I find it very disturbing that Trudeau continually compares to Harper. It comes across as cheesy politics, but I think it’s much deeper. It suggests to me an inferiority complex, where he’s forever trying to prove to others and himself that he’s worthy. And how silly for him to declare so boldly that “he got it done”, No he didn’t, he’s gotten as far as Harper did. He’s going to have to eat those words when he gets stopped in his tracks too, whither he secretly wanted to be stopped or not!

For sure there’s a connection between Trudeau’s cash for access and liking the communists. That’s how communists do things, and he sees nothing wrong with it. He thinks that’s how the world works, just like Notely and Wynn do. He likes communism because its “easier” to just go ahead and do stuff, rather than go through some huge consultation process with measly know-nothing citizens! Did he go through that prior to today’s announcement? NO! He relied on what Harper had already done!
commented 2016-11-30 22:04:00 -0500
I just realized that polymer bills used for Canadian currency is derived from oil byproducts and animal fats. So any anti oil or vegan with any integrity will stop using them
commented 2016-11-30 21:54:56 -0500
It is my opinion that Justin Trudeau is a Spineless Gutless Wimp, he will not build this Pipeline, for the very reasons that Ezra stated. He is a cowered and will be scared of upsetting his old allies.

Stand up and prove me wrong Justin, though my opinion of you would not change, I would at least be very surprised.

Alas this will never happen and the most unqualified Leader of a Country, in the World, will sit on his butt and smile his stupid smile. Until he gets new orders from his Muslim Masters.

Trudeau soon will not have any strings left for his masters to pull on.
commented 2016-11-30 21:53:27 -0500
Instead of fighting with the left coast, simply build the “Northern Gateway” line from Bruderheim to Churchill’s Deep Water Port. Pickup Sask oil along the way. Bypass BC and the east. BC is dead set against pipelines? Considering most of their oil and gas gets to market via Alberta pipe lines. Once Nuttly and her accidental doofus crew is ousted we should show BC what being anti pipe line is all about. Close the valves until they cry uncle.
commented 2016-11-30 21:39:38 -0500
I should mention, the people that create these projects are the most highly skilled in the world
commented 2016-11-30 21:35:08 -0500
the protesters are already at the gate, As what happened with Mr.Harper will again happen to J.T. The only difference is JT is counting on it. Pipelines are stopped before they start..