June 10, 2016

French fries — or fracking? New Brunswick’s Liberal premier BANNED the best way to create jobs

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

They know their French fries over in New Brunswick — that’s where McCain’s is based. But I’ll show you a story about this gourmet chef, selling fries for $12.99. It looks great. The problem is, you’ve got to sell an awful lot of French fries, even at 13 bucks a pop, to make a good living.

 Let’s talk about New Brunswick as a whole.

The Liberal premier ran on a campaign to ban fracking. New Brunswick is floating on shale gas — it could be a huge producer of the stuff. Thousands of jobs, well-paying jobs. But the New Brunswick Liberals banned it.

There are 37,000 unemployed people in New Brunswick. You could hire every single unemployed person there. And Nova Scotia. And Newfoundland. And Prince Edward Island. That only adds up to 119,000.

You could hire them all for $100,000 dollars a year, and still need 38,000 more workers, to sop up all the money that TransCanada Pipelines wants to spend building a pipe.

But Justin Trudeau and Denis Coderre and other Quebec Liberals have blocked that, too.

So, yeah. Gourmet French fries at thirteen bucks a shot. Maybe that’s New Brunswick’s economic future. Now all we need is some rich people to buy them.

Hey, by the way, I’m trying to do something about this:

The other day, we put up this massive billboard, in French, right across from Montreal’s city hall, where the Liberal mayor, Denis Coderre, swears he’ll block Energy East.

It says, “Denis Coderre prefers sewer pipes to oil pipes” — a mocking reference to how Coderre dumped billions of liters of untreated sewage right into the St. Lawrence River — but he claims he’s too much of an environmentalist to let a high tech oil pipeline through from Alberta to New Brunswick.

If you want to help us keep the billboard up — and bring some non-French fry jobs to New Brunswick -- please go to CutThemOff.ca to sign our petition to Coderre, and chip in to keep that billboard up.


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commented 2016-06-17 21:51:58 -0400
I wonder how many Maritimers voted Liberal & then made a beeline to Fort Mac to get a job. If I had anything to do with hiring out there, none of them would be hired by me.
Lawrence O. I live in Mb & sure as hell am not a turdo fan, that’s for sure & I am definitely pro AB. I live in a rural area & you will find the socialist NDP & LIBS live mostly in the city.
commented 2016-06-12 08:16:22 -0400
" Perhaps there is a over supply of domestic natural gas, but LNG market is waiting world wide"

LNG is globally glutted. There’s a reason why the west coast LNG projects are struggling to get off the ground.
“but whether they have the will to get off Ottawa’s teat and recognize that decades of living off transfer payments has to cease… "

Is natural gas the best way to do that – again, the business case is dubious at best, and one only needs to look at the Newfoundland disaster to see how well that strategy works.
commented 2016-06-12 01:23:08 -0400
Fries should not be that bloody expensive.
commented 2016-06-11 09:15:45 -0400
Andrew you are hilarious.I guess you know more about the economics of a pipeline than the people willing to spend more than 15 billion in constructing it. Must be a few bucks to made in there somewhere. Here’s a rule of thumb , 15% plus ROR and 10 years or less pay back on the capital. Perhaps there is a over supply of domestic natural gas, but LNG market is waiting world wide. If these political yahoos with no vested interest in the outcome because seemingly people will continue to elect idiots don’t act the window on that market will slam shut. The voter will be on EI and the politician will be elected…..again. Just check out the pack of lunatics that are dictating how we should live in Ontario.
commented 2016-06-11 04:14:26 -0400
Love that “move along, move along; nothing to see here” spin by Andrew Stephenson… The point is not whether fracking in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia will crate one job or 5,000 but whether they have the will to get off Ottawa’s teat and recognize that decades of living off transfer payments has to cease… If nothing else, even the resolve to TRY to be energy independent marks a strong departure from the “gimme” mentality now too entrenched in The Maritimes… Have the people forgotten the word PRIDE?…
commented 2016-06-10 19:22:06 -0400
The Marcellus shale created only about 30,000 direct jobs, and has 500tcf of reserves. (there are also commonly cited 200k figures, including roughly a 7:1 conversion, although many of those jobs would be ancillary and likely in the destination markets or corporate in Calgary/Toronto), or transient construction jobs. New Brunswick’s reserves are 1/6 that much (about 80tcf) and might create, therefore, about 5000 steady state jobs. A solid number of jobs, but it’s not going to save the Maritimes.

That ignores the simple fact that the natural gas market is depressed and glutted right now, and you’d be hard-pressed to make much money selling it in any case. The business case does not exist at this time. Perhaps in the future they will be. Perhaps sell some futures in 2040.
commented 2016-06-10 15:57:51 -0400
Lawrence O’Byrne, the New Brunswick PCs campaigned in favour of fracking and when the Liberals won the former premier resigned and they haven’t appointed a new leader yet. So, yes, it is kind of like the federal Conservatives. Ezra Levant has interviewed Brian MacDonald, a possible candidate for party leadership, several times right here on this site, most recently on April 5. MacDonald has his own You Tube channel. “Why are we not hearing more push back?” Well, you live in BC, I live in Alberta, we are not the NB PCs’ target audience. I spent 3 weeks in NB earlier this year and believe me I heard plenty while I was there especially from my relatives, none of whom voted Liberal, either provincially or federally. If you want to hear the noise, it’s out there, all you have to do is listen.
commented 2016-06-10 15:08:00 -0400
Lawrence: I think you already know the answer to the problems facing both your province, British Columbia (where I was born and raised) and Alberta (now my home for several years). Of course, my speculations will receive a lot of push back from the politically correct, but here it is. Women should NEVER hold high positions of political power. They belong in the home, cooking meals and attending to the needs of their husband and children. That is where they perform the best….the power behind the throne, so to speak. Now, of course, we do have the witless Trudeau as our “Prime Minister”, although he isn’t, because he is just another version of a female. It is Gerald Butts who is running the show and until all this is changed….and I mean EVERYWHERE….in the various provinces at at the Federal level, all this ridiculous garbage will continue.
commented 2016-06-10 14:06:30 -0400
@ lee horseman..lee if they actually have 22 conservative mp’s then why are we not hearing more push back from them to stop the ecco nuts,if you are correct that is only 7 seat majority,why are they so quiet, or is it like our so called federal conservatives in Ottawa that are so quiet on pipe lines and many are endorsing turdo and his idiotic libtard policies, the cons are also supporting carbon taxes and Ambrose totally supported turdo’s insane transgender bill, the cons at this moment are nothing but a bunch of steers ,totally useless
commented 2016-06-10 13:55:32 -0400
Marilyn..it doesn’t matter if ndp are the power in Alberta ,if the majority want to separate there is nothing nutley can do, she needs to go and here in BC we have a province doing well for the moment but the ecco nuts , suzuki , the pipeline haters and the natives are making it more difficult all the time, i find Christi Clark trying to straddle the fence to appease the ecco nuts but at the same time she knows we need to continue as a resource province, i was bitterly disappointed in her when she tried to hold Redford up for ransom on pipeline access,she should of been working with her as much as possible to get Alberta oil flowing, she was trying to be all things to all people, it never works, i have emailed the premiers office many times telling her to get off her ass and get these pipelines built ,i have yet to receive an answer
commented 2016-06-10 13:32:47 -0400
Lawrence: With the NDP in power (God have mercy) in Alberta, it is unlikely that our province will be able to cough up much in the way of equalization payments now or in the foreseeable future. The only province in Canada with viable governance (and therefore income) is Saskatchewan under Brad Wall and I highly doubt that he would be insane enough to want to join forces in a separatist party with the likes of leftist, anti-fossil fuel development Rachel Notley.
commented 2016-06-10 13:27:07 -0400
Robert: Don’t forget New Brunswick’s HST at 13%; therefore, those gourmet fries would actually cost $14.68 (before tip).
commented 2016-06-10 13:02:28 -0400
Robert , all of the maritimes have chosen libtard welfare paid for by the west,instead of developing resources for well paying jobs and a secure tax base , as long as turdo and the libtards continue to give them money from the west it will never change, we need a western separatist party to cut off all money flowing east including any taxes collected from provincial governments, all premiers from Saskatchewan going west need to say NO ,enough is enough, i didn’t include Manitoba here because reading many of their posts they are very pro turdo and very anti Alberta even though they just elected a conservative government, it is mind boggling that with our potential in the west to be self sufficient from the rest of Canada that we have not had a political party spring up to accomplish this , and penson you moonbeam knob gobbler Vancouver will not be part of western separation, if we are lucky we will finally have the big one and you and all those vancouverite ecco nuts will sink into the ocean,penson you are a dispicable worm
commented 2016-06-10 12:50:16 -0400
Who in NB has $12.99 for fries?
commented 2016-06-10 12:41:15 -0400
“There are 37,000 unemployed people in New Brunswick” . . .
Unemployment is a “Career” Opportunity in NB . . . ditto for the rest of the Merrytimes !
The son of a friend moved his internet business back there about six years ago . . . no one wanted to work past the time to qualify for EI . . . moved back to the west a year ago.
Canada has no future with weak minds like these . . . and the clueless Justin !
commented 2016-06-10 12:12:33 -0400
The “culture of failure and handouts” rises from the ashes as PM Harper has now left office.

Like feeding candy bars to fat kids and telling them that they will get healthier if they just keep on eating.
commented 2016-06-10 11:50:52 -0400
The people of New Brunswick have chosen dependence on government over prosperity based on enviromental nonsense. In other words, they are the base of the Liberal party.
commented 2016-06-10 11:44:24 -0400
The entire east coast is a waste of skin – you, the reader may not have voted for the trash that runs that part of the world, but your friends and family did.

Not one of them down east is worth much of anything.

Good place for them.
commented 2016-06-10 11:24:13 -0400
And another thing. None of these envirowhackos actually live the crap they vomit from their ugly mouths.
commented 2016-06-10 11:19:19 -0400
It really is hard to understand the mindset of these socialists. How can economic prosperity not be something they would automatically choose.

Socialists and envirowhackos are the true idiots of our time.

What a screwed up world we live in.
commented 2016-06-10 11:12:40 -0400
Don’t blame the voters who elected 22 Progressive Conservative MLAs to sit in the 49-seat NB Legislature. It’s very clear that a great many New Brunswickers have no problem with energy development.
commented 2016-06-10 10:58:32 -0400
Well, Ezra, both fracking and french fries produce the same by-product – gas ;-)
commented 2016-06-10 10:54:59 -0400
commented 2016-06-10 10:50:05 -0400
commented 2016-06-10 10:38:25 -0400
Non of our current governments want economic prosperity, they want us in deep debt and they are doing a fantastic job. The giant sink hole on Rideau st. is the perfect omen.