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.
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...
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