March 17, 2017

Shell game: Alberta NDP in denial as another company flees province

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Oil giant Shell promoted a carbon tax in Alberta and then sold the majority of their oil sands assets because they weren’t advantaged enough in those projects but they also took taxpayer money for their Quest carbon capture project added to the Scotford Refinery in 2015. 

I’m not saying that as a business Shell shouldn’t make decisions that make them more prosperous, but pushing a carbon tax on Albertans when they couldn’t afford it themselves, is indefensible.

Oil and gas companies are leaving Alberta because the political climate is unstable thanks to the NDP who have brought in a royalty review, increased corporate taxes during the downturn and introduced a carbon tax, all making it more costly for companies to produce.

We’ve seen companies pick up and leave Alberta, they’ve divested from the province and some have even parked their rigs right next door in Saskatchewan where the business climate is much friendlier.

Of course, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna continues to deny that Shell left Alberta due to the carbon tax claiming it was a business decision. And NDP Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman made the same claim after Shell’s announcement.

The NDP might get voted out next election, but it’s going to take at least a decade to clean up the mess they’ve left behind.

Businesses will go where they can be profitable, they aren’t going to stick around for a rebuild that’s filled with uncertainty.

The NDP have closed shop in Alberta and the doors won’t open again anytime soon.

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commented 2017-03-19 04:24:19 -0400
Hi Holly. It is so good to have a geologist here.
commented 2017-03-18 16:29:00 -0400
Muta Ween said, "Of course you can raise taxes again and again on the little people … "

And even that is also shrinking, because guess who runs those businesses, people.

Alberta’s population has also decreased significantly.
commented 2017-03-18 07:44:01 -0400
Naaawwwww. None of this is happening. I mean, check the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers website for cripesake!

See! Nothing there about this! I mean, if this was really happening they’d be raising grave concerns about it, right?

commented 2017-03-18 07:27:19 -0400
Can they still borrow money to backfill the lost tax revenue from all this commerce leaving Alberta? No business, no commerce ,no taxes. Of course you can raise taxes again and again on the little people, the consumer but they have run the course on that.
Alberta and Ontario are both financial basket cases. Socialist policies always result in desperate financial situations after they are booted out of office. and businesses are not going to come back if they do not feel there is going to be stable government policy in either Province.
commented 2017-03-17 23:49:31 -0400
It doesn’t really surprise me that this is going on. I basically news since day one after the election that the NDP in this province were compromised by Eastern interests or even foreign interests.

What both surprises me and pisses me off is that the law is sitting around and doing absolutely f***all about it!
commented 2017-03-17 21:51:34 -0400
McKenna & Miss Little Cream Puff can flap their mouths all day that Shell did not leave because of a carbon tax, but they’re wasting their time.
The NDP know very well what their policies are doing & they don’t care because their fake global warming scam is more important. After the harsh winter weather conditions this year across Canada & the US, how can they stand there with a straight face & keep on defending their scheme. I’d like to stick their little heads in a snow drift for even only a few minutes & then dare them to continue this nonsense.
It’s very sad this happening to what used to be the country’s economic engine.
commented 2017-03-17 20:19:59 -0400
Dale Warren—9hr ago—BC will not go NDP. No one that was alive in BC during the “90’s” would ever let those morons in power again. Besides, Alberta is a steady reminder of the damage the NDP can do to a once healthy Province.
commented 2017-03-17 19:01:22 -0400
‘Tis Time’ Alberta Bowed Out of Confederation.
commented 2017-03-17 18:36:11 -0400
Ontario and AB , 2 provinces with degenerate klepto-socialist globalist governments – Ontario’s killed over 350000 top rate industrial jobs in 15 yrs – the klepto-globalists in Alberta are just getting started making the ghost towns like Wynn has created in Ontario’s northern rust belt. – give them another term and you will not be able to tell Ont from AB – 2 hasbeen have nots.
commented 2017-03-17 17:25:04 -0400
They are in denial because they are trying to keep the public fooled, but behind closed doors they are laughing it up, at their attack on capitalism, and the family. This has been their goal all along. They are in colluding with Trudeau and Wynnie, to take Canada down for the globalist UN.
commented 2017-03-17 13:49:51 -0400
Judy Anonymous said, "The writing is on the wall…it is time for us all to leave! "

Let’s hear a resounding “Amen!” to that!
commented 2017-03-17 13:47:58 -0400
@ Canadian Mongrel

Yes, Alberta in reality is an “have not” province, but not as far at the Equalization program is concerned.

Alberta is still paying out.
commented 2017-03-17 13:46:12 -0400
Harley said, "Maybe when Alberta is a have not province and the transfer payments dry up … "

The problem is that Alberta is even now still paying transfer payments like in prosperous times.

The equalization calculation needs to change in order for Alberta to be considered a “have not” province.

Until that time, Alberta is going to have to continue to pay out billions that Alberta does not have, thus the need to borrow money in order to keep paying into the equalization program.
commented 2017-03-17 13:22:20 -0400

When Alberta becomes a have not province? We are already there.

The only reason we don’t get the transfer payments is because the constitution of Papa Doc gives Quebec extortion rights, and Baby Doc is ensuring the Alberta Continues to pay for those rights.
commented 2017-03-17 13:03:14 -0400
Maybe when Alberta is a have not province and the transfer payments dry up. The NDP and Turdo will claim it a great success for their climate leader shit plan.
commented 2017-03-17 12:54:03 -0400
Allan, I tend to agree that even the Wildrose, the most Conservative of the Conservative parties is not fully Conservative. They too tend to be “Liberal Lite” in a few areas, but what other choice do we have?

The only thing we can do is choose the party closest to out political position.

I agree that Ernest Manning was an excellent Conservative Premier, but in my opinion Peter Lockheed and Ralph Klein were good. Yes, I know Ralph Klein was a Liberal, but he acted like a Conservative. I judge people by their actions.

But back to today … all we have is the Wildrose.
commented 2017-03-17 12:33:27 -0400
PETER NETTERVILLE commented 1 hour ago
Yup, in just a few years the NDP have destroyed Alberta to a point where, in my opinion, it will take over 10 years of solid Conservative government.

The problem, Peter is whether there will be an actual conservative party to turn to. The conservatives in Alberta have been pretty pink overall. Wildrose doesn’t smell like a rose most of the time either. Fact is that there has not really been a conservative in power in Alberta since the Social Credit days.
commented 2017-03-17 12:30:21 -0400
The writing is on the wall…it is time for us all to leave! Only those tied to families will remain in this loser country.
commented 2017-03-17 11:40:10 -0400
NDP = Death to Jobs, Death to Industry . . . .
There had NEVER been an NDP success story in Canada . . . not in BC, not in Ontario, not in Saskatchewan, not in Manitoba and certainly NOT in Alberta today.
My bet is the loon element in BC will vote for more NDP on May 9 . . . .
With feckless Justin Butts and mostly Failing Provinces . . . . I believe Canada is Done ! ! !
commented 2017-03-17 11:20:27 -0400
Yup, in just a few years the NDP have destroyed Alberta to a point where, in my opinion, it will take over 10 years of solid Conservative government.

I bet the leftists (especially in Eastern Canada) are exceedingly happy that their brothers and sisters in economic destruction have brought down Alberta to their level of incompetence.

Well done, NDP, well done. You have successfully stuck yet another knife into Canada’s economy.