May 29, 2018

“Worst business deal in Canadian history”: Trudeau pays $4.5B for existing Kinder Morgan pipeline — but NOT the expansion (yet)

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Justin Trudeau just offered $4.5 billion to buy a pipeline.

Not the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion project, though, but the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, the one that has been happily pumping away for more than half a century.

Why?

So he could then offer to buy the $7.4 billion expansion project on top of it. And then offer to pay for any losses coming from political litigation.

He just promised, really, to give about $20 billion to a Texas pipeline company.

Do you think Trudeau can build a pipeline as well as a private pipeline company can? On time, on budget?

Because nothing in this deal so far actually addresses the problem:

Getting the expansion built.

Kinder Morgan was never short on money to build the expansion. They were short on politicians willing to push illegal protesters out of the way, and expedite legal challenges.

And that’s still not here. The Liberals have no clue.

Kinder Morgan was going to walk away from the whole expansion on Thursday, so this $4.5 billion just buys the Liberal some time to come up with an idea.

They’ve had years to do that already.

I think it’s clear what this really is:

It’s Justin Trudeau spending $4.5 billion as a lifeline to Rachel Notley to get her reelected next spring. So she can say, the pipeline will be built.

I continue to believe this pipeline will not be built. But we’ll all be on the hook for that now...

NEXT: Over the weekend, Raheel Raza, president of Muslims Facing Tomorrow, asked us to run her poignant defence of Tommy Robinson on our website as soon as possible.

Now she joins me to talk more about why she, a practising Muslim, supports him so strongly.

THEN: Christine Van Geyn of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation comes on with her calculations of the real cost of the those Ontario Liberal and NDP spending promises.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2018-05-30 19:37:04 -0400
More no equals less yes.
commented 2018-05-30 16:41:42 -0400
Actually Andrew a three week holiday is aggressive when you add it to a 20% increase to the minimum wage and another one coming down the pipe. No one cut will kill the victim, but when you add them all up the sum total is fatal. These expenses are particularly difficult for small businessmen, so please spare us your gratuitous comment concerning “corporate overlords”.
commented 2018-05-30 13:14:32 -0400
Mr. Asswad, you need to focus on your own country’s politics, because you know nothing about Canada’s. Alberta has not received an equalization payment since it joined Confederation in 1905. Not even during the Great Depression when, during 17 years of failed harvests, more than 200,000 Albertans starved to death. Under Diefenbaker, a few billion was transferred to get grain, minerals and timber to international markets at a discounted price…which the Federal Government profited from…NOT Albertans.
In addition, The Federal equalization formula includes revenue based on natural resources for the “have provinces” but does not include revenue based on natural resources for the “have not” provinces. That is why despite Quebec generating billions in revenue from mining, forestry and Hydro etc., it still is calculated to be a “have not” province despite running a surplus. When have you ever heard Alberta “whine” about any of this?
commented 2018-05-30 12:15:48 -0400
Gharab Aswad commented 2 hours ago
“Alberta whines when the federal government does not put money into the province.

Alberta whines when the federal government does put money into the province.

No wonder Alberta ended the wine boycott, it did not have enough to be a whino. "

Actually we don’t get money from the Federal Government, we have paid in about a half a TRILLION via transfer payments, for nothing in return… We don’t whine about that either. Without Transfer Payments From Alberta, Canada Would Have Already Dissolved. All we want is to be allowed to work. So we can pay for all those who never will. Like you Gharab Aswad.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=alberta+transfer+payments+to+canada&view=detail&mid=614D5EA9B071D1435C19614D5EA9B071D1435C19&FORM=VIRE
commented 2018-05-30 11:51:10 -0400
I don’t understand. On the one hand Ezra strongly opposes the Islamization of Canada and on the other hand he gives such a platform to Raheel Raza who dreams the impossible dream of changing Islam into something that it is not. As Turkey’s Erdogan has explained Islam is Islam, there are no modifiers. That is, ‘moderate’ Islam; no ‘radical’ Islam; just Islam. Raza talks of disgruntled youth being radicalized in situations that they “don’t have family support”. Like Omar Khadr? I would challenge Ezra to bring Pam Geller or Robert Spencer on to respond to Raza’s dubious efforts to ‘reform’ Islam.
commented 2018-05-30 11:31:23 -0400
Ezra, I think you have missed the point on this one. Trudeau has purchased Kinder – Morgan so that he can fulfill his unicorn dream of killing the pipeline once and for all. With the company firmly in his hands he can stop all attempts to build / complete the pipeline and thereby save the planet.
commented 2018-05-30 11:29:24 -0400
Venezuela here we come . . . .
the two weakest minds in Canada dreamed this up . . . Trudope and his sidekick Morneau !
Canada’s best days are behind us . . .
and the tragic reality is most Canuks don’t even know it . . . yet !

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong – Thomas Sowell

It’s the shared hatred of the rest of us that unites Islamists and the Left.
commented 2018-05-30 11:24:42 -0400
Robert Mcclelland commented 6 hours ago
Apparently, Horwath has taken a page out of Wynne’s playbook by trying to buy an election with money from private businessmen. Tom Blackwell of the Nasty Post reports that “It’s a promise someone else pays for: NDP draws business ire with calls for three weeks vacation after one year”.

Is Ontario being governed for its citizens, or for its corporate overlords?

That 3 weeks vacation policy isn’t particularly aggressive – in fact it would merely be catching up to conservative paradise Saskatchewan with such a law. Somehow the latter seems to be just fine for it.

Canada’s got a serious economic productivity problem, and that’s largely driven by the obsession with butt-in-seat hours as a proxy for economic output, rather than output directly. The two aren’t necessarily correlated especially in a modern, largely post-industrial economy such as Ontario’s. The painter doesn’t produce more paintings if you make him sit in front of the easel for ten hours a day, and a modern knowledge worker has more in common with that painter than a guy who works on an assembly line and has a set output per hour.
commented 2018-05-30 11:10:59 -0400
Typical Liberal fakery to make the low information voters think the Liberals support oil & pipelines, which could not be further from the truth. A scheme to get the them through the next election, and all the while the Liberals have rigged the system to ensure the KM expansion will never be built. A cash for clunkers political cuck up. And just like Petro Canada and the gun registry, the taxpayers are going to take a huge hit. I guess on the bright side it is better than our money going to the UN or open borders or Trudeau’s vacations.
commented 2018-05-30 10:21:29 -0400
ALLAN PETERSON commented, “Ron, you are using the wrong term here. Reform means to take something back to its original state. As in the Protestant Reformation. The reformers were talking the Church back to its original form based on Scripture alone…To reform islam is what Isis and others of that ilk demand. What apostates want is to modify islam into something it never was. Why they would is beyond me. Why not just abandon something so evil?’
Allan, thanks for that correction. I certainly wasn’t thinking of reform as taking something back to its original state as Islam has not departed from its original state for over 1400 years since its inception. I was thinking of the dictionary definition of “reform” as per Webster’s dictionary, namely, “a : to put or change into an improved form or condition. b : to amend or improve by change of form or removal of faults or abuses.” To reform Islam to improve it so as to remove its faults or abuses is impossible As you say, “what apostates want is to modify Islam into something it never was”. In that regard, I would quibble with your saying “To reform islam is what Isis and others of that ilk demand”. ISIS and others of that ilk are not apostates, but devout Muslims, adherents to Islam. It’s the so-calked “moderate Muslims” like Raza who are seeking a change in Islam and its tenets, which us mission impossible.
commented 2018-05-30 09:58:26 -0400
RON VOSS commented 2 hours ago
Her ideas are not only delusional, but dangerous because Islam (which has been Islam for over 1400 years since its founding by Muhammad) cannot be reformed, and thinking so means that the problem, the real Islam, is not dealt with.
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Ron, you are using the wrong term here. Reform means to take something back to its original state. As in the Protestant Reformation. The reformers were talking the Church back to its original form based on Scripture alone. The five solas were (and are):Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratoia, Sola Chritus, and Sola Deo Gloria.
To reform islam is what Isis and others of that ilk demand. What apostates want is to modify islam into something it never was. Why they would is beyond me. Why not just abandon something so evil? A modified lie is still lie and not worthy of one’s time and energy. I guess there is a cultural hold on them.
commented 2018-05-30 09:33:33 -0400
Alberta whines when the federal government does not put money into the province.

Alberta whines when the federal government does put money into the province.

No wonder Alberta ended the wine boycott, it did not have enough to be a whino.
commented 2018-05-30 07:43:16 -0400
BRUCE ATCHISON commented, “I stronngly disagree withRaheel Raza. Islamism isn’t the problem, Islam is. The entire religion is a sick parody of the Bible. Radical jihadis are being good Muslims who are following the teachings of Mohammad.” Bruce I agree.
According to Turkey’s Erdogan, Islam is Islam there are no modifiers:
https://www.jihadwatch.org/2007/09/turkeys-pm-erdogan-the-term-moderate-islam-is-ugly-and-offensive-islam-is-islam
I don’t know why Ezra continues to give Raza such a platform. Her ideas are not only delusional, but dangerous because Islam (which has been Islam for over 1400 years since its founding by Muhammad) cannot be reformed, and thinking so means that the problem, the real Islam, is not dealt with.
commented 2018-05-30 07:36:02 -0400
This is what happens when witless citizens democratically choose tyranny. We know who and what the left and progressives are , but people say let’s give them another chance.
Once elected with majorities , far left liberals and the Uber leftist NDP are given a blank cheque to do as they please without any restraints. The law prevails only when it suits them.
This isn’t Canada anymore. We are The People’s Republic of Trudeau.
Provincially ,we have the Notley show in Alberta and in Ontario ,oh good grief.
The performance by Andrea Horwath at the final debate was indicative and a harbinger of the tyranny Ontarians will live under should she be given the reigns of power.
commented 2018-05-30 07:28:28 -0400
PAUL MCCULLOUGH commented, “Islam was reforming to some degree at one time. Look at pictures from Iran before the revolution.” Paul that wasn’t reformation, but apostasy according to Islam.
commented 2018-05-30 07:11:07 -0400
Even the left wing Globe and Mail is calling out the Boy Blunder on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline fiasco in multiple headlines, priceless.
commented 2018-05-30 07:06:54 -0400
ROY JEANINE commented, “I seem to remember that trudope and the liberals would have had to go to Parliament to get approval on borrowing such a massive amount of money, I heard someone else on facebook saying the very same thing. Am I right, Ezra? This decision should have been brought forward for all parties to see, right?” Recently I asked a Conservative MP why they don’t calll a vote of non-confidence but he said that it can only be on a money bill. What happened to no taxation without representation?
commented 2018-05-30 05:00:12 -0400
One thing about the last Ontario’s leaders debate, Horwath can no longer claim Ford is the bully. William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” comes to mind.
commented 2018-05-30 04:52:59 -0400
Apparently, Horwath has taken a page out of Wynne’s playbook by trying to buy an election with money from private businessmen. Tom Blackwell of the Nasty Post reports that “It’s a promise someone else pays for: NDP draws business ire with calls for three weeks vacation after one year”.
Another one of Horwaths loose canons has gone off. In the Toronto Sun, Levy reports “NDP Candidate targeted Police Chief with racial slur”. NDP candidates are the gift that keep on giving.
commented 2018-05-30 04:48:05 -0400
If Trudeau has bought himself a pipeline, he can make the anti oil protesters happy and terminate the oil industry in the west by just shutting it down. And giving the empty promise of jobs in the future that will never materialize.
commented 2018-05-30 02:49:30 -0400
I seem to remember that trudope and the liberals would have had to go to Parliament to get approval on borrowing such a massive amount of money, I heard someone else on facebook saying the very same thing. Am I right, Ezra? This decision should have been brought forward for all parties to see, right?
commented 2018-05-30 02:06:20 -0400
Oh i think Justin can do an even worse one.
commented 2018-05-30 02:00:24 -0400
Carole Masse said, " A whole generation of big government dependents will make sure we lose everything. "
Your above statement will unfortunately end up true; however the way Quebec ended up in this mess was Quebec’s doing as much as Ottawa’s.
This mistake of Mass Migration was Quebec’s decision, as they rejected the sloppy French Language attempts by Anglo Canadian people and were infatuated by Middle East Black people who spoke PURE FRENCH.
This Quebec happiness was reversed when they discovered that the new Migrants wern’t much when it came to having a work ethic.
The new opinion on the Quebec streets was “At least the Anglos showed up for work, even though their French accent was poor.”
Back then, the Government of Quebec made mistakes regarding Immigration that most of the Rebels here would never have considered.
commented 2018-05-30 01:49:15 -0400
I may be wrong on this, but I am under the impression that Governments cannot tax each other. Put another way, if I am right, the Federal Government does not pay property taxes to municipal governments. If this is true, does this mean that if the Federal Government owns Kinder Morgan facilities in Burnaby, then Burnaby (plus other municipalities along the way) will be out huge amounts of property taxes?
commented 2018-05-30 01:13:46 -0400
Islam tells us repeatedly, ‘sorry, integration is not our way’, but for a scant few shouting in the wind. So how will they ever embrace Canadian values? It looks like an uphill if not impossible battle for any western country. Canada is already riddled with extremists and triple that amount support assimilating us. ‘Islam is for our own good’.

Multiculturalism’ has become a Trojan horse.

“…the bad that is being imported from abroad, we need to get rid of that.”
How do we do that exactly? It seems once its here its here, and it becomes everybody’s problem. I don’t know of any domestic Canadian or new Canadian from any other culture who immigrated here in years previous to Trudeau’s policies, who asked for any of this to be our problem.
commented 2018-05-30 00:41:03 -0400
Canada and the provinces are well on their way of being owned by foreigners. I am scared too with the very bad management of our finances at every level. Ontario’s financials not being approved by the auditor sends a message also of much higher risk. Credit downgrade and higher interest rates on the horizon. A downward spirale for every Canadian. Trudeau tops the chart of stupidity with the billions he spent. For a pipeline. Incredible.
commented 2018-05-30 00:28:00 -0400
Montreal never had an anti-anglo policy in the 70s or 80s up until now. That’s what the anglos never understood and never will, willingly or not. Montreal had a pro-french policy to save its language and culture. 6 millions french concerned of losing their identity, being surrounded by 300 million anglos. Back then, you couldn’t climb the social ladders unless you were anglos or spoke english very well.. The anglos who left would not make any concession, even regarding small things like outside signage. Separation was the other main issue because businesses did not want the complexities of dealing with different sovereignties. So they moved all the head offices of the banks, insurance companies and so on to Toronto. Considering the state of Canada today and the mass migration that has been imposed on Qc from Ottawa since, separation was not a so bad idea finally. But it’s too late now. A whole generation of big government dependents will make sure we lose everything.
commented 2018-05-29 23:53:45 -0400
Robert Dunning, Do you really think this means the pipeline expansion will go through? I think we just paid to kill it once and for all. I think Butts meant what he said. I think we just paid to cut our own throats.
commented 2018-05-29 23:46:47 -0400
https://twitter.com/Franktmcveety/status/1001583309267222529/photo/1

Four(more)things Trudeau isn’t telling you about the 4.5 billion Trans Mountain Buy out.

I want to see Morneau’s investment portfolio. Justin’s, Gerald’s and Climate Barbie’s as well.
Scumbags. Money was never the issue with that pipeline. This is ignorant. We are getting bent over yet again.