Trudeau has said the oil sands should be phased out. He’s pandered to every special interest group. And he’s used the same messaging as the radical-left when it comes to the Canadian energy industry. He clearly shares their worldview.
The federal government has immense power when it comes to national infrastructure. For example, the government can declare projects like roads and pipelines to be “in the National Interest.” This could be used to help get pipeline projects done at a rapid pace.
The reason those powers exist is that in an emergency situation (such as wartime, societal breakdown, or repeated illegal protests), strong national leadership on infrastructure projects is required.
At one point when he was National Resources Minister, Jim Carr seemed to understand this. He hinted that the military could be used if protesters blocked approved pipeline projects. At the time, I criticized him for saying it, but in retrospect – and given the repeated unlawful opposition and blockades we’ve seen at some projects – it is clear that the military may end up being a necessity to enforce the law (though starting with using the local police or RCMP to enforce the law is still preferable).
However, the Trudeau government quickly backtracked on what Carr has said, and their entire movement since then has been towards further and further pandering towards the radical-left, while strangling our energy industry with more taxes, and a horrendous regulatory process.
All of that has culminated in the court ruling blocking the Trans Mountain expansion. Even though the project had won in court more than a dozen times, yet that wasn’t enough.
Far-left judges, anti-energy industry radicals, and shady foreign interference has conspired to weaken our energy industry, and unfortunately the enemies of Canadian energy are succeeding.
Yet, Trudeau refuses to use the power of the federal government to get pipelines going.
And the reason is quite simple: Trudeau shares the worldview of the anti-oil radicals.
Justin Trudeau sees the energy industry as something negative. He wants the oil sands phased out. He’s talked of how raising gas prices on Canadians is ‘exactly what we want.’ He’s put regulations and restrictions on Canadian oil that he doesn’t apply to foreign oil. And it’s no coincidence that the new ‘approval’ process Trudeau put in place makes it almost impossible to get things approved.
Trudeau can’t openly admit that he’s an opponent of the energy industry, so he, Butts, McKenna, and the others are acting one way in public, while undermining the industry behind the scenes.
Make no mistake, as long as the Trudeau Liberals are in power, the Canadian energy industry is at serious risk.