This is a bad day for Canada, but it is particularly tragic to westerners.
Justin Trudeau just killed the $15.7 billion Energy East pipeline project, and the thousands of new jobs it would have created.
The Media Party is reporting that the pipeline company, Transcanada, made the decision. Wrong.
Transcanada were still gung ho until a few weeks ago, when Trudeau changed the rules three years after they applied, saying that even if the pipeline is safe, that’s not enough.
Now Energy East would also have answer for any global warming from any oil companies who might ship oil through the pipeline in the future. That’s never been done before. It was made up to kill the deal.
So oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan would have to meet Trudeau’s approval.
But not Saudi oil coming in by ship.
Not American oil that comes into Canada by rail — like the oil train that exploded in Lac Megantic in 2013.
Are you surprised?
Like his father, Justin Trudeau doesn't care about oil and gas jobs. They’re just westerners. They don’t vote Liberal. He hates them.
Quebec Liberals were literally cheering today. I’ll show you.
Yet each year, Quebec gets billions of dollars in equalization from Alberta and Saskatchewan, the two provinces that would have filled Energy East.
Trudeau can’t have it both ways. They can’t kill every oil pipeline and still expect to shake down the oil patch for money. They made their choice. So now it’s time to cut them off.
Last year we ran a campaign called CutThemOff.ca. We put up billboards in Montreal, saying, no Energy East, no oil money.
But they didn’t care.
Well, if we have any self respect, we have to care.
Today I’ve launched a NEW CAMPAIGN at CutThemOff.ca, and we’re asking you to be part of it.
First, we’re launching a petition, calling on all the political leaders of Alberta and Saskatchewan to serve notice that they no longer accept the equalization formula.
We’re going to run a billboard campaign, and radio ads, across Alberta and Saskatchewan to the same effect.
We’ll have identical bumper stickers, saying "JUST LIKE HIS DAD," to help spread the word.
And we’re also going to run another billboard in Quebec, in French. To let them know they can’t kill thousands of jobs in the west and still expect western oil money. No more. “Rien de plus.”
This is as bad as it gets. Trudeau is going to kill the last pipeline proposal still breathing in Canada, called TransMountain. And the national carbon tax will be the final nail in the coffin.
Hundreds of thousands of men and women are unemployed in the oil patch. Quebec Liberals just killed thousands more jobs.
If you want to join our fight — even if you’re not from the west, if you’re an ally of the west and an enemy of anti-industry extremists, if you’re an ally in Quebec even — VISIT CutThemOff.ca.
TONIGHT’S GUESTS: Veteran Edmonton journalist Lorne Gunter joins us to give us the reactions from Western Canada.
Then Eric Duhaime, that outspoken pro-oil, pro-Western Quebecker, will talk about the reaction in his home province, and his thoughts on the future of equalization.