Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Calgary to speak to the Chamber of Commerce at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. But the real story was happening outside.
Over 2,000 protesters had gathered on the street to let Trudeau know what they think of how the Liberals are handling the crisis in Alberta's oil and gas sector caused by lack of pipeline access.
At the same time, Finance Minister Bill Morneau was speaking at the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa. He was asked about his government’s support - or lack thereof - for Alberta's oil and gas sector as it is struck with a devastating price differential exacerbated by a lack of export pipeline access.
“I don’t know how to better demonstrate support than a cheque for $4.5 billion.”
This response was in reference to the government’s purchase of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, now languishing in regulatory uncertainty as plans to twin the pipeline from Edmonton to a port in Vancouver, languish in Liberal-induced regulatory purgatory.
Morneau is admitting he is fresh out of ideas, so it’s a good thing the people of Calgary took to the streets to tell the Liberals what they need to do to address the crisis in Alberta’s oil and gas sector.
They chanted “Trudeau has to go!”