Yesterday the Federal Court of Canada confirmed a NAFTA panel ruling: the Canadian and Nova Scotia governments broke the law by blocking a U.S. company that wanted to set up a stone quarry in Nova Scotia.
Of course the government has the legal right to say yes or no to mines or other industrial projects — but those decisions have to be based on real rules. According to the NAFTA dispute panel, and now confirmed by the Federal Court, left-wing environmentalism and “social licence” gobbledegook was used instead.
A U.S. company called Bilcon had been invited by Nova Scotia politicians to build a mine, and they did, but it was a bait and switch. Suddenly the rules were changed:
Leftist environmentalists came out with fake reasons to cancel the project, costing Bilcon not only the millions they spent, but up to half a billion dollars that they would have earned over the 50-year life of the mine.
So now we’re all going to have to pay.
Bilcon wants up to $500 million. I’ve seen various predictions and estimates of what they’ll get, and none of them are under a hundred million dollars.
(Oh, by the way? The pipeline that Trudeau is killing now — the Trans Mountain pipeline — that’s owned by a U.S. company called Kinder Morgan. It has the right to sue under NAFTA too...)
I’m not happy that Bilcon they are going to get half a billion dollars of our tax money. But I think it’s fair and just.
And I’m afraid it’s a template we’re going to see a lot more of, under Trudeau...
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