July 15, 2015

Notley gives Quebec a veto on Energy East pipeline -- and Alberta's economic future

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

In talks over the construction of the Energy East pipeline, Alberta's NDP premier Rachel Notley just Quebec's Liberal premier a veto over her province's economic future.

Notley has always been anti-pipeline, and she's surrounded herself with cabinet ministers and a chief of staff who feel the same way.

But of course, she has to pretend to be pro-pipeline and pro-energy industry now that she's in office.

So today Notley claimed she wants to build the Energy East pipeline, but that the Quebec premier wants guarantees about "environmental protection" first.

That's weird because Quebec has plenty of pipelines already, bringing in OPEC oil, and they certainly haven't issued any ultimatums to the Saudis about "climate change."

You see, Notley is pretending she's making a concession on carbon taxes to Quebec in return for their approval of the pipeline, but the opposite is true.

It's the cap and trade scheme she really wants, not Energy East at all.

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commented 2015-07-22 02:26:58 -0400
Bill, you just figured that out? Really? I do have a quick solution… Once we get these idiot out of our hair, which is apparently going to now take few years, we build a pipeline directly from Alberta to Texas… Why are we going through a couple provinces and then winding through a few states to get it there when we can just draw a straight line down there. And then there’s the Energy East pipeline, just bypass Quebec… It would take a little reconfiguring to run through the U.S. but I’m sure they wouldn’t mind… Hell, Saudi’s are already shipping crude from the ports in the U.S. to Quebec… Anyways, just saying that in fact these are very stupid, stupid people, who already ran out of other peoples money and had to borrow 6 Billion Dollars… And they have only been in office 2 months… LOL
commented 2015-07-17 15:46:54 -0400
So now Brian Topp’s new title should be Topp Hypocrite since he jets around like a Trump? I thought the NDP cared about the little guy, no they only care about themselves and their high paying jobs.
commented 2015-07-17 13:43:12 -0400
Does Ms Notley know the Joey Smallwood experience with respect to deals with that province?
commented 2015-07-17 13:18:35 -0400
NDP = New Depression Party
commented 2015-07-17 12:49:31 -0400
say what?
commented 2015-07-17 11:47:50 -0400
This video can’t be shared on Facebook because “other people” have reported it as abusive! Really? A news network is censored on the internet by “other people”?
We SO need another social media outlet to compete with FB.
commented 2015-07-17 09:10:53 -0400
True North, you posted your comment on the wrong site. Everyone here voted not for the NDP. Now posting your comment on the CBC would be more appropriate.

All of us Albertans here on this site lament the stupidity of the Albertans that voted NDP. But then I think you know that.
commented 2015-07-17 09:06:04 -0400
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAA!!!! You Albertans elected these fools. Now you have to live with the consequences of your actions. Apparently you learned nothing from the history of destruction that the NDP inflicted on Ontario. Well my western friends, you will learn all about the NDP now. Let’s hope that the rest of Canada is watching the economic destruction of Canada’s last strong provincial economy and will remember on Federal election day.
commented 2015-07-16 11:02:48 -0400
This is why we MUST have a strong Conservative government in Ottawa
commented 2015-07-16 07:09:53 -0400
And here we go – the quebec cancers have arrived – this has Demarais and Dussault prints all over it – the two nazi french families financed by Paris over the decades to control Canada through their chosen sh*tbags like troodo and chrotchien and when they got sick of troodo, they just switch brands – mulroney of the PROGRESSIVE and hardly conservative party of Canada.

commented 2015-07-16 01:07:58 -0400
Raymond, I think you hit the nail right on the head.
commented 2015-07-16 00:30:13 -0400
@peter Neverville. We don’t have the refining capacity or pipelines for the long run. A new refinery would cost in the order of $20B and take 10 to 15 years to build given all the hoops to jump through. On top of that there would be no return on investment so it would be a long term money loser. So, the government (NDP) would have to build it and run it. Read lots of expensive union jobs effectively on the government payroll. No sane multinational like Shell, Exxon, etc. would take it on. Meanwhile there is existing refining capacity elsewhere and all it needs is a pipeline.
commented 2015-07-16 00:23:28 -0400
This pipeline is under federal NEB jurisdiction read that National Energy Board. This is because it is an interprovincial pipeline. If the NEB says it is a go then by law it can be built over the protests of Quebec or any Province. In effect Notley has no say. This is all political. Notley is putting Alberta and Quebec out to force the feds / Conservatives to assert constitutional jurisdiction which makes them look bad. In effect it is a ploy to help score points for the federal NDP.
commented 2015-07-16 00:16:22 -0400
Well, Dave, maybe then Quebec will finally have to admit that it was Alberta that was paying their 12 Billion in Provincial equalization. Unfortunately Alberta will have to go through a lot of job losses & lost income in order to get them to admit Alberta was the source or their revenue. Maybe then they won’t be quite so hard on Alberta for its oilsands, but I somehow doubt it. They have always criticized Alberta for the oilsands while holding out their hand for the revenue it generates.
commented 2015-07-15 23:09:50 -0400
At the rate of declining oil revenues coming into Alberta’s government coffers and the layoffs/slowdowns in the highest paid industry, there will be no excess funds that the federal government will be able to give to the eastern leftist governments. Notley herself will be begging. Harper et al will have to clue them all in and tell them that there are no funds for equalization until there are pipelines getting put in.
commented 2015-07-15 21:23:43 -0400
Notley seems to be moving very fast to confirm Albertans’ worst fears. Maybe there’s a glimmer of good news here. According to a recent Mainstreet/Postmedia poll:
“… if an election were held immediately, more voters would cast votes for the Wildrose Party than the governing NDP.”
commented 2015-07-15 20:26:53 -0400
I wonder what kind of pressure that will put on Sask. and maybe BC, if Christie gets the LNG out. Transfer payments from 1.5 provinces??

You are right Peter N.
Notely is on crack if she thinks she is going to refine in Alberta for export. She is not clear on the concept.
commented 2015-07-15 20:04:29 -0400
If Notley is against the all the pipelines except KinderMorgan and Energy East but wants to refine here in Alberta, then how does she expect to get the 15 or 20 different products that come from the bitumen to market? As Michael McCabe said, “If it made sense to do more refining in Alberta, the industry would have been building long ago.”

Refineries need to be near large population centers, like the New Brunswick refinery for example.

Notley is just proving every time she opens her mouth just how unknowledgeable of Alberta economic she really is.

She is going to destroy our economy and all of Canada is going to feel the impact of that from:
1) the loss of taxes from all the high paying jobs that will leave the province, both provincial and federal
2) the loss in provincial transfer payments to other provinces
3) the loss in royalties from the resources
4) the loss of revenue from companies moving out of province to another jurisdiction
4) the loss of jobs for people from this and other provinces both direct and indirect
5) the increased drain on employment insurance

A loss all around and all because Notley is holding true to the NDP tradition of destroying the economy of every province in which they have governed.

It is truly astonishing just how many Albertans are oblivious to this happening right under their nose.
commented 2015-07-15 19:55:17 -0400
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Notley is a traitor. We haven’t had a premier since Ralph Klein who would stand up for Alberta and Albertan’s.
commented 2015-07-15 19:46:25 -0400
Unconstitutional Veto’s are so cool and hip! Let’s Veto all Transfer Payments to Quebec whole we are at it
commented 2015-07-15 19:14:50 -0400
Notely is an evil ….person. She is digging a hole in the sand. Deeper and deeper, how many days has she been in power?
Keep up the good work Notely you traitor, yes traitor. Keep digging your hole, it will cave in on you , it has to. Law of physics.
It is hard to imagine how reviled she will be by the time this is all over. A disgusting excuse for a Canadian.
commented 2015-07-15 19:11:20 -0400
What an ignorant person.
commented 2015-07-15 19:08:31 -0400
Why aren’t the Albertian’s protesting Notely’s decisions? They are probably asleep! Manitoba just had a down grade in our rating to AA. That will be because of the NDP debt in Manitoba.
commented 2015-07-15 18:45:45 -0400
Notley has made her choice – to choose the examples of unrealistic, idealistic Premiers example Bob Rae or Dave Barrett, or the pragmatic, realistic Premiers -example Brad Wall or Tommy Douglas. She’s heading down the road of Rae and Barrett. Tommy Douglas paid off debt to the Boston bankers; Notley has just borrowed $6B.
commented 2015-07-15 18:44:27 -0400
Cap & Trade is the most ludicrous concept in the history of humanity. Trading imaginary energy credits based on arbitrary emission limits. Canada was completely correct to back away from the Kyoto accord and we should not be engaging in any sort of Cap & Trade system. The Premiers are all going whacky, holding meetings to discuss things that are not within their jurisdiction. No province has the Constitutional right to block another province’s access. We need to re-elect the Conservatives in October and have PM Harper put these socialist Premiers in their places. P.S. If it made sense to do more refining in Alberta, the industry would have been building long ago.