Some fans of the CBC's Rick Mercer might have been surprised this week when the comedian devoted his trademark "rant" to the Energy East pipeline -- and called for the project to go ahead.
On The Mercer Report, he criticized pipeline opponents, especially Liberal Montreal mayor Denis Coderre.
"This has nothing to do with Montreal, this has nothing to do with Quebec," Mercer said. "This is about one part of Canada trying to get their natural resources to the world market."
Mercer concedes that while many Canadians "hate the fact that the world is addicted to oil and Canada is sitting on a whole bunch of it," it would be in the country's best interest to approve the project.
"We all need this thing," said Mercer.
He points out that as a "have-not" province, Quebec received $9.5 billion in transfer payments last year "as they should" to make sure all Canadians have the same standard of living.
But it's a fund that Alberta pays into because of its oil wealth, even though the provincial economy is tanking. Mercer reminded his viewers that "we are all in this together."
"It is time for provinces to start asking what's in it for Canada, not just what's in it for me."
Any government in Canada that opposes oil & gas pipelines
should lose its share of oil & gas equalization payments.
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