Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has just announced a nationwide accelerated coal phaseout by 2030, following the Alberta NDP’s headlong march into energy poverty and economic devastation.
But this is more than just moral preening at the expense of energy consumers and Canadian families who now have to choose between food and electricity. It’s another typically Liberal attack on the West.
Nearly 90% of Canada’s coal reserves are in Western Canada. It’s not enough that the Liberals are going to carbon tax the oil we make and the food we grow. Now they are outlawing our cheap, reliable electricity.
The Liberals may as well be outlawing cowboy boots, gopher hunting and pick up trucks.
This ideological plan to end coal will turn towns all across the prairies into ghost towns, destroying property values, the tax base, and local economies supported by the six billion tonnes of usable low sulfur coal under our feet.
The Liberals want to fire nearly 50,000 coal and electricity workers all across the country with the stroke of a pen in Ottawa-without ever looking them in the eye-and the Liberals want the world to throw them a parade for it.
I don’t think the Liberals will be getting a parade. They'll be getting the same result Hillary Clinton got when she promised to fire coal workers.
Catherine McKenna and her liberals will get fired instead.