When we say we ask the tough questions that no one else will, we mean it. On Wednesday night the Liberals announced new rules for approving major projects such as pipelines.
In addition to adding new factors that must be considered such as the greenhouse gas emissions created by the project, the new process will also see power taken away from the National Energy Board and given to cabinet.
The whole process looks like something designed to stop pipelines that would get oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan, to market. That shouldn't be a surprise to anyone paying attention.
While the Liberals insist they want to get Canada's natural resources to market the fact is they have not supported pipeline projects that would accomplish that. Then consider who some of the top advisors to this government are.
Gerald Butts is Prime Minister Trudeau's senior advisor and former head of the Canadian division of the World Wildlife Fund. Butts is on the record as saying Canada should be moving to a "zero carbon" economy and that we don't need different pipeline routes, we need a different economy - one without oil.
Butts is also signatory, along with Marlo Raynolds, of a document calling for a moratorium on "tar sands" development and the halt of infrastructure that would support that industry.
Raynolds is the chief of staff to Trudeau's minister of the environment Catherine McKenna.
With the government bashing oil, the natural resource sector, pipelines and without much support in Alberta or Saskatchewan can they be trusted to do what is best? Are they getting advice from Butts and Raynolds on moving Canada to a "zero carbon" economy?
Watch the video as I ask McKenna about what kind of advice she is getting and whether Canadians in the oil patch have a reason to worry.
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