January 28, 2016

WATCH: Brian Lilley takes on Trudeau's Environment Minister

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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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commented 2016-02-24 08:39:30 -0500
It’s not what Canadians want, it’s what her and her string puller (Trudont) want. Most of smart Canadians, that didn’t vote for these idiots, can see through the smoke and mirrors that is put out there for the fiberal sheep to follow.
commented 2016-02-03 16:14:04 -0500
I really think that it’s wrong to always mention “Canadians” when addressing Canadian issues. It is really only 39% of Canadians who voted Lie-beral. I am not in that group, so stop referring to the other 61% in your comments as if we are in agreement with you.
commented 2016-01-30 19:12:33 -0500
Where are the “tar sands” in Canada? I know where the “oil sands” are located but tar (a product made from coal) sands are a mystery to me. If we are concerned about the tar sands, then those ol’ tar sands, wherever they are, should be dealt with immediately. Are those the tar ponds in Cape Breton?
commented 2016-01-30 12:41:19 -0500
This broad is too stupid to run a coffee shop let alone a federal ministry. The West wants OUT.
commented 2016-01-30 02:17:29 -0500
Let’s see … I think she listed 6 new barriers — hurdles any new development must clear (and which have already blocked some that were going ahead but are now blocked).
Ahhh! Must be obvious to her that’s a way to kickstart a poor economy and job market.
Must be to her … cause it ain’t to me.
commented 2016-01-29 22:21:47 -0500
Kevin Thomas you are so right, why would an oil company want their oil to spill & cost them millions, a no brainer argument from the left who have no problem at all with unethical oil being piped to Montreal from Maine, how weird is that? McKenna also said the loss of jobs in AB is because of oil prices, yes partly but she forgot to mention Notley’s policies playing a big part in this sad reality. LIBERALS……NDP……… no difference, their agenda is “zero carbon” so at the end of their term they will still be studying the matter & more people will have lost their jobs & be on welfare & at the food banks,,,incredible……..shameful…….downright uncanadian…..positively Unpatriotic. So sad, the resources are there to make Canada great & its people have comfortable lives, but no they’re so hell bent with their freaking CO2 emission garbage that they refuse to see the light & will not budge even if they were smacked dab in the face with the truth, typical left wingers who never show any common sense.
commented 2016-01-29 21:49:55 -0500
Who are all these people she keeps talking about who want to have the trust. The oil & gas industry are now under the highest of regulations & the Kinder Morgan & Energy East pipeline have been under scrutiny & reviews for how long now & aboriginals have been involved in the discussions. She can yap all she wants, but she did not really answer your questions Brian & all she did was repeat the same old, same old & how could Butts & Reynolds not have an effect, after all they were chosen by Trudeau so of course he agrees with them & Butts is probably running this circus.
commented 2016-01-29 20:01:22 -0500
Green brain at work. Please seek shelter behind a substantial wall or find some other way to avoid such emissions.
commented 2016-01-29 06:19:17 -0500
Roland Seguin, good analysis!

Lynn Seguin, thanks for the link.
Yes, Irrationals will continue to appall. :-/
It seems all their decision-making is agenda-based rather than ethical-based.

Charles Moulton,
And let’s not forget the beautiful and majestic Arctic Camel and the Yukon Giant Camel, a measly 3.4M years ago; when the arctic was 14 to 22 degrees Celsius warmer; a boreal forest paradise.

commented 2016-01-29 02:09:37 -0500
Thanks Brian for asking some good questions the brown nosing government sponsored media will not. We all know the libs really are just coming up with a scheme on how much more money they can make from these projects. The world burns about 82-95 million barrels of oil a day, there’s no renewable resource to replace that usage yet.
The Canadian government makes so much off of fuel taxes already, I read that in 2013 the government made 21.5 billion in fuel taxes (that doesnt include the Albertan royalty fees) and now they want to start a carbon tax on just building the pipelines. She forgot to mention how Canada already is a leader when it comes to our environmental standards and the oilfield, and how much green house gases have already been reduced because of our standards. Why are they punishing our ethical oil??
commented 2016-01-29 00:45:24 -0500
The similarities between this liberal and Michael “Mannie” Mann aka Gordo Steele are just glaring, all of them completely stupid, even dumber to think it isn’t obvious to all. The only reason this lady can sleep at night is because she is a lawyer/liberal.
commented 2016-01-28 23:27:16 -0500
I mean WTF. This planet was way warmer when the dinosaurs ran around. The planet had to correct it self . I mean something happen many years ago. Now the planet is coming to it actual temps and everyone is freaking out like it is the end of the planet. We have found dinosaurs bones as far north as Slave Lake Alberta. Now I want the left to think about this for one second. Dinosaurs are reptiles / birds if you see other documentaries, do you agree? Well if you slow your mind down just a little. Reptiles don’t / can’t stand cold climate. So why do we have reptiles so far north. Now just slow down and think about it.
commented 2016-01-28 19:24:57 -0500
So in other words environmental studies mean, we don’t give a shit. Got it.
commented 2016-01-28 19:15:39 -0500
Listening to that Lieberal reminded me of an old child’s rant…..Liar, Liar, pants on fire! To give credit, Lieberals ARE extremely talented at lying!
commented 2016-01-28 18:56:28 -0500
We all know that conservatives are not to blame, but since the constant demonizing of conservatives, worked to get them elected, I guess they thought that they would keep it up, without repercussions. I’m thinking that when the public turn on them, this gig will be up!
commented 2016-01-28 18:46:39 -0500
Today, I was appalled to hear Rosemary Barton agreeing that Ontario had been successful with it’s green energy plan. This after the damning AG report. Apparently government mismanagement and malfeasance can be swept under the rug to support the federal government narrative that everything is the fault of conservatives. Barf!
commented 2016-01-28 18:28:37 -0500
Repeat the same old bullshit. The previous government this, the previous government that. We know there were lies about it in your campaign so how can we trust your judgement in anything especially the previous government?
We’ve had pipelines for decades now. How are you doing “environmental studies” to determine the impact? You are not doing anything different because it isn’t up to what government is in. It’s up to the industry to do that and make their plan. Their plan is not to lose oil by having it spill anywhere. They make it as safe as possible and I’ve heard very little in the news about all the pipeline disasters in the past decades. Get real you idiot Liberals. You just need a scapegoat so your own ineptness doesn’t shine so brightly. Most of us can see through the shiny bullshite though.
commented 2016-01-28 18:25:59 -0500
Harper changed the NEB rules because we asked him to do something about the ridiculous review process.
1…On the Northern Gateway Pipeline, It was like we were holding wide open hearings without any rules.
This made Canada look like we were being played for spineless wimps.
The whole world is watching this! Canada is being held out as the last bastion of hope to fend off Big-Money Eco-bully radicalism. Now Trudeau is only too willing to accommodate them.
USA under Obama’s appeasement has succumbed to Big-Money Environmental corruption through the Democrat Party, hence the rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline, while ironically building 10 pipelines in the US meanwhile of their own.

2…We needed to get control of the review process by having some qualification structure to weed out the radical activist, frivolous and eccentric complainers.
Big Money Eco-Bully Manipulators clogged the Enviro-Review process with some 4,500 radical activist applicants (many fictitious names) from all over the world requesting to be heard. These tactics intended to jam, filibuster the system and delay the review process. Trudeau likes this and is reverting back to it.

3…That interference is hurting and costing us Canadian taxpayers and consumers who will be paying for this eco-radical nonsense in the form of higher energy bills and transportation fuel at the pump. All costs are transferred to the end user.
4…Trudeau’s ideology is so convoluted, he thinks by scamming us with carbon taxes it will impress and get the approval of foreign Eco Foundations which is a prerequisite in his mind for Canada to approve one of its own infrastructure projects.

5… Pipeline reviews should only deal with the Pipeline itself and not the Oil Sands issues they attempt to tie to Climate Change. The Oil Sands are an established separate fact that has existed with it’s own set of issues. The Big–Money-Eco intervention/opposition to it has existed for years which has established and propagated it’s own negative media theatre. They should not be able to piggy-back those onto the Pipeline enviro issues.

6.Trudeau’s ideology, tied in such a tight knot to environmentalism is running amok with the job of running our country. He is unable to make rational decisions as he can’t let go of the conflicting commitments in his own mind.
Alberta has never benefited from confederation and the West has never had to face such hostility from Ottawa.
Ironically his biggest buzzword is “Inclusiveness” yet he is the most “Divisive” PM in our history.
commented 2016-01-28 18:24:22 -0500
Good job, Brian! Keep on them.
commented 2016-01-28 18:21:33 -0500
We have to stress the importance and the perfect timing to achieve energy self sufficiency. The U.S. is coming close through their fracking practices and we don’t have to go that route. We have the reserves, the pipelines will get it to the refineries, ( although we could use more refineries), and we could reduce our dependence on conflict oil from the middle east, north africa, and venezuela. It is time to seize the opportunity to create jobs and wealth here, and not keep filling the pockets of Arabian sheiks and Iranian mullahs.
commented 2016-01-28 18:20:20 -0500
What did the Harper regime do poorly that she keeps blame-shifting about?

commented 2016-01-28 18:16:59 -0500
Thanks Brian Lilley—-now I will not have to pull Catherine McKenna’s pants down . She really is blonde.
commented 2016-01-28 18:07:55 -0500
DARRYL JOHN — you are right on – what’s left for the western provinces to do – but say adios to the EASTMANITOBA TO BC is with you all the way
commented 2016-01-28 18:05:33 -0500
if you all feel screwed in the western provinces by this LIBERAL GOVT – DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT — let’s get rid of TRUDEAU – HE IS A TRAITOR – he hates the WEST and he won’t lift a finger to help – he will help IRAN, RUSSIA, CHINA, AND THE REFUGEES BUT NOT the CANADIANS who pay his salary
commented 2016-01-28 17:49:23 -0500
Left wing governments in Canada and USA are using anti-oil propaganda as virtue signaling platforms, meanwhile every oil producing area in the world is sucking out oil like crazy,this will not be fixed soon.
commented 2016-01-28 17:34:46 -0500
the non answer given in QP on monday about energy east. amounted to this…canada is no longer a country but a series of communities united by “not in my backyard”..eco terrorist ..pm butts and the rest of the self righteous fascists have assured this..
commented 2016-01-28 17:12:09 -0500
Don’t all the liberal women look like they’ve had lobotomies? To me, you’d have to be lobotomized in order to follow the liberals on their path of destruction, on their way to hell.
commented 2016-01-28 17:10:46 -0500
no oil infrastructure projects will be approved under this federal gov’t and the provincial gov’ts of NB, ON, and QU. They will talk a good game but in the end, four years will go buy and nothing will have changed. But we will see the wind/solar get much funding and fast track environmental/carbon assessments.
commented 2016-01-28 17:10:44 -0500
Darryl – that’s what the lying liberals do best, is divide people, so that they can focus on their victims, and inflaming hatred against those that disagree. They are the party of lies and deception.
commented 2016-01-28 16:54:16 -0500
well I must say the liberals are doing a GREAT JOB NEVER HAVE I SEEN SUCH SUPPORT FOR WESTERN SEPARATION SASK AND ALBERTA WOULD BE FINE GOING IT ALONE. In the few short months these idiots have been in power support for separation has grown leaps and bounds. Canada is totally divided now and it will be a miracle if it even survives this liberal ship of fools