As we've told you since her election as Alberta's NDP premier, Rachel Notley has been anti-oil for years.
So, of course, as premier, Notley was against the Keystone XL pipeline to the U.S. — and she was glad Obama killed it. She was against the Northern Gateway pipeline to the B.C. coast — and she was glad Trudeau killed it, even though the National Energy Board approved it.
She was against the Energy East pipeline to Quebec and New Brunswick. When it was killed, she didn’t object.
Then there's Rachel Notley’s old friend, John Horgan, the NDP premier of B.C., where Notley herself used to work for the NDP, where half of Notley’s staff came from. Horgan said he wanted to review the last remaining pipeline proposal, the Trans-Mountain Pipeline expansion by the company Kinder Morgan. That pipeline has been happily pumping away for more than half a century. It’s how B.C. has been getting its oil for so long.
Horgan opposes it. And really, so does Notley. I say that, because in her two plus years as premier, she has never lifted a finger to promote it.
But with Jason Kenney and the United Conservatives gaining in popularity, she’s panicking. She had an emergency cabinet meeting and said she's going to buy any more electricity from British Columbia!
Except those talks between B.C. and Alberta about electricity broke off last year. Notley just didn’t cancel them in a huff. She’s lying again — playfighting with her friends in B.C.
Notley has been pretending, for about ten minutes now, that she deeply deeply loves the oil patch and pipelines.
Not even the CBC seem to believe her anymore.
NEXT: Senior Edmonton Sun columnist Lorne Gunter and I discuss this matter further.
Lorne warns that "civil disobedience will come" if anti-oil activists don't get their way, and shares what else his government sources have told him.
THEN: David Menzies is covering the Ontario PC leadership race for The Rebel.
He's in studio with me to talk about Doug Ford's big Toronto campaign event — and the entrance of "Princess" Caroline Mulroney into the race.
FINALLY: Your letters to me. PLUS I talk about some of the Rebel Producers' Club events I've been hosting lately (and what one fellow told me, that really stuck a chord...)