Did you see the letter from six premiers — five provincial premiers, and Bob McLeod, the premier of the Northwest Territories?
I’ll read some of it to you:
We are writing on behalf of the Governments of Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Collectively, our five provinces and territory represent 59 per cent of the Canadian population and 63 per cent of Canada’s GDP. We are central to Canada’s economy and prosperity, and it is of the utmost importance that you consider our concerns with bills C-69 and C-48.
Bill C-48 is the tanker ban off the north coast of B.C. Except it just bans the export of Alberta oil from the north coast of B.C. There are still U.S. tankers going up and down the B.C. coast with oil from Alaska.
Bill C-69 is the absurd bill championed by the absurd Catherine McKenna. It’s a bill that would force any oil or gas or mining project in Canada go through a carbon analysis. But not foreign imports of oil from Saudi Arabia.
C-69 doesn’t even have to be put in place for it to do its damage — as I told you a few months ago, the National Energy Board recorded the first decline in Canadian oil production in about a decade — even though global demand for oil and gas has never been higher, and is expected to continue to climb.
Why waste time in Canada, fighting with Trudeau, asking you to do a gender analysis, when you can invest in Texas or Louisiana or Australia?
So we’ve lost over $100 billion so far.
There is a national unity problem here. Because the federal government — well, it would be nice if they actually championed jobs for the rest of us, other than just the corrupt cronies at Bombardier and SN-Lavalin and Loblaws. But at the very least, perhaps they could stop blocking natural job creation. But they won’t.
Don’t take it from me, or the conservative premiers. Take it from, well, Canadians:
Here’s a poll done by Angus Reid earlier this year — it asked an unusual question:
Who would you vote for — federally — if there were a western separatist party around?
I’m not surprised that in Alberta 40 per cent of people would mark that X. But it’s also the number one choice in every western province — it would be in a three-way tie in Manitoba. I note that the Conservatives would be the second-place choice one very province.
The premiers are worried about national disunity. Because Canadians are worried about national disunity. But Trudeau is saying that by raising those concerns, the premiers are creating national disunity. By raising the concerns. By reflecting their constituents, their voters, their industries — by representing them — they’re creating a problem.
In fact, I think Justin Trudeau would sacrifice Canadian unity to win again — what do you think...?
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