Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi is a bad Cabinet Minister and an even worse historian.
Sohi is one of those rare endangered species — an Alberta Liberal MP. As a result, he’s been given high-profile roles in Trudeau's cabinet, first at infrastructure and now natural resources, and he’s been awful at both.
A couple of days ago Sohi penned an op-ed, published in the Calgary Herald with the unironic headline “Alberta, this government has always had your back and always will.”
Sure, they've always had our back — albeit, full of knives.
Sohi wrote, “the long-term solution lies in building pipelines that allow our resources to get to non-US markets. That is what our government is focused on and that is what I'm working each day to deliver.”
Then to support his op-ed, Sohi went on CBC’s Power and Politics to proclaim the same; that the Liberals are really pipeline champions. That’s where he let slip a real whopper!
“Any intelligent person will tell you that Northern Gateway was overturned by the federal court of appeal...not moving forward on Energy East was a decision of the company."
But is that true? Did the courts kill the Northern Gateway Pipeline? Do all intelligent people know this “fact” or is this just revisionist history that only exists in the mind of a failing and detached cabinet minister who doesn’t know his own portfolio?
Today I fact check Sohi and remind him of Order in Council 2016-1047, dated November 25, 2016.
It was brought forward by Sohi’s Liberal predecessor at Natural Resources, Jim Carr, and the order compelled the National Energy Board to ignore the findings of the joint review panel and terminate the existing construction permits for Northern Gateway.
Cancelling the Northern Gateway might be the only campaign promise Trudeau ever kept.