May 03, 2018

NAFTA mine ruling: How left wing “social license” just cost Canadian taxpayers half a billion dollars

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

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...

NEXT: Our Alberta Bureau Chief Sheila Gunn Reid is my first guest. We talk about the comment by Suncor's CEO that we should expect to see fewer new projects in oilsands.

THEN: Catherine Swift of Working Canadians joins me to discuss new union-sponsored ads attacking Doug Ford — using inaccurate statistics.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2018-05-06 18:56:25 -0400
Ezra mentioned this started over a decade ago, well 10 years ago it was 2008 and Harper was PM now of course this could also have been a pre 2006 issue and still be more than a decade in the making. However Harper could have put a stop to it and apologized to the company. Some clarification is needed here.
commented 2018-05-06 18:51:39 -0400
Carole Masse, speaking as a Maritimer, go fuck yourself. I would sooner make the good for nothing fakers feel like real refugees that cant wait to get back to Syria were they belong. Stop lumping people from a region of the country as the same, that is how division starts.
commented 2018-05-06 18:51:37 -0400
Carole Masse, speaking as a Maritimer, go fuck yourself. I would sooner make the good for nothing fakers feel like real refugees that cant wait to get back to Syria were they belong. Stop lumping people from a region of the country as the same, that is how division starts.
commented 2018-05-04 18:03:25 -0400
May as well put up a sing at the border saying we are closed for business.
commented 2018-05-04 17:16:21 -0400
Jihadi Justin does not care. It’s only taxpayers paying for all this nonsense after all…..
commented 2018-05-04 14:31:26 -0400
- Isn’t this exactly how the left has been acting in Canada? They implement policy based on socialist ideology & talking points even though they know it won’t hold up when challenged. The stone quarry in Nova Scotia, Notely’s recent energy policies, the Liberal’s jobs grant program, etc. They will implement their policies, it could take years to challenge them successfully, someone other than themselves will be on the hook (taxpayers, consumers, political enemies) & they get to play dictator for a while. The media party sells it & waits for their government handout. So what happens when they “social license” private enterprise out of the country, destroy all the producers of wealth & can’t run up any more debt? We’re in danger of finding the answer to that.

- Suncor & other Notley friendly companies are big government cronies. This is how the economic side of fascism works. They enter into an unholy alliance with the government. The government controls production levels & the direction of the companies (& the workforce itself eventually) & in exchange the government kills their competition. It’s the illusion of a free market economy.

- The Ontario Liberals are in serious trouble & they know it. When Patrick Brown was the leader of the PCs there was a good chance that the Liberals could have won a minority or even a majority government. Brown’s sudden departure & Ford’s win was very damaging to the Liberals. If someone like Ford had been the leader of the PCs a couple years ago, Wynne would have stepped down & made way for a new leader. The Liberals are panicking now & so are their minions in the public service unions. Misleading (fraudulent) attack adds like this union sponsored one are a sign of this panic.
commented 2018-05-04 10:53:01 -0400
Re: the Rock Quarry Company suing Nova Scotia. Saskatchewan NDP Premier Allan Blakney described it best in the 1970’s; Why develop our resources, if instead we can receive TRANSFER PAYMENTS.?
commented 2018-05-04 09:28:41 -0400
No big surprise that public sector unions are up to their old tricks, running commercials with earnest female voice-overs telling listeners that the civilized world as we know will end unless the Liberals are re-elected. Wynne has enriched the unions immensely. Now they are returning the favour. It is an unholy alliance designed to frisk the makers.
commented 2018-05-04 06:41:07 -0400
This is a prime example of why Lieberals should not be running a country nor a business. They lack common sense and have no business sense. It`s all about the flowers and trees, butterfly’s and honey bees. And the ``budget will balance itself`` (by increasing taxes)………… Damn hippies!!!!
With the incompetent Lieberals attempting to negotiate NAFTA it will be a dismal failure for sure. The US will run over the Lieberals like a small speed bump and hard working Canadians will pay the price (again).

//trudeaumustgo2019……………..preferably sooner!!!
commented 2018-05-04 03:11:06 -0400
Oh, and by the way, lest anybody think this proposed quarry was going to set some kind of a precedent, there are already two existent quarries in the Seabrook area of Digby Neck, and their trucks do indeed haul their loads along Hwy. 217…
commented 2018-05-04 02:58:22 -0400
Having lived on Digby Neck for six years, I can tell you the opposition to this was a “stupidity” from the the word go… Since the quarry at Whites Point was first proposed, the No Quarry signs went up and down the Neck but nobody could give you a good reason for the opposition!… The materials from the quarry would have been loaded on the Fundy side of the Neck, so no additional trucks on Hwy. 217, and shipped down to some port in New Jersey as I recall…It would have provided some 40 full time jobs… Since Digby Neck is a financially strapped area, except for those that hold a lobster license, as is most of rural Nova Scotia, this was a bizarre choice by some vocal locals who prevailed against common sense and NAFTA… Bluenosers are slow to learn it would seem, and in spite of abandoned houses along every mile of rural roadways, still can’t accept that they can’t live off of federal grants for yet another generation…And, needless to say, this gives the Americans further ammunition in the ongoing NAFTA negotiations…
commented 2018-05-04 02:25:32 -0400
Don’t forget about the refugee who beat his wife with a hockey stick.
commented 2018-05-04 01:29:56 -0400
Some days I don’t know whether to be depressed or outraged with the shenanigans of the Left. I do know however that I have come up with a new moniker for the NDP/LIB politicians/sympathizers. That is FEL (Fear, Envy, Loathing). The item on the Working Women of Ontario was a prime example. First tactic is FEAR. When that doesn’t work progress to ENVY for the other side, and if that doesn’t work go to LOATHING. Can we ever get back to just trying to best we can be and doing what is good and right fort the majority of Canadians without pitting one side against the other.
commented 2018-05-04 01:08:18 -0400
Carole Masse, The Atlantic Provinces received the first wave of Syrian Refugees. They were supposed to be the cream of the crop as Harper’s Government (Jason Kenney) vetted them.
The people were told that they were getting older and they would need people to take care of them in the future.
Nice Canadians, but they are naive, thinking Refugees will take care of them.
commented 2018-05-04 00:36:39 -0400
Since the Maritimes are so liberal, we should them the illegal migrants crossing the border, in their idyllic villages. I’m sure they will appreciate very much the consequences of their votes.
commented 2018-05-04 00:11:52 -0400
Keith Barnes,

I agree with you about our bleak future with Socks Clown as PM. It will be the tragic, brutal end of what could have been the best country on Earth to live in. The ‘Stop, End’ operation is called an election; let’s win it!
commented 2018-05-03 23:45:04 -0400
Weak minded people use lame excuses … critical thinkers sue weak minded people and their government.
commented 2018-05-03 22:47:40 -0400
Those kind of excuses are what one would expect from a communist backwater. What the JPR engaged in is a Breach of Trust. They knew, or ought to have known the rules and their obligation to stay within them. Once on the stand, I bet they’d reveal a politician told them to do this, which is not an excuse, but ads to the legal action that can be taken. Under the constitution the provinces are obligated to do their best to create economic wealth and contribute to the whole.
commented 2018-05-03 21:54:31 -0400
Trudeau will not be happy until he has dragged Canada down to the level of a third world Country, with savages running around, killing off what is left of the civilized population. Look at South Africa, and see our future. A full ‘Stop, End’ operation is the only answer for someone with his ailment.

He has made the, I will say ‘Idiot’ list, posted from the UK.
commented 2018-05-03 20:54:29 -0400
I for one am glad we are being sued. We deserve every bit of it. Perhaps this excruciating spanking is what the little brats in Ottawa need to get them to start behaving like civilised grown ups and stop being the manipulative spoiled temper tantrum throwing brats that they are. Ezra I know it might be a bit of a small story but I wonder if these morons are also having a negitive effect on the Lagina brothers that are trying to solve the mystery that is Oak Island.
commented 2018-05-03 20:42:11 -0400
RON VOSS VOSS commented 24 mins ago
Suncor CEO Calls For Tougher Action On Climate Change

Somebody needs to ask him, what climate change? Then show him the temperature graph that’s about half way down the page in the link I provided. It’s a temperature reconstruction of the last, roughly 16,000 years. The last global warming took place between 16,000 and 10,000 years ago. Since then, there has actually been a slight cooling.
commented 2018-05-03 20:04:05 -0400
Looks like the unions only want money.