Some would argue purchasing the pipeline was for reasons other than pushing it through, or a desperate last resort to save a project that was so badly handled by governments.
I personally feel they’ll follow through with attempting to expand and create temporary jobs, consulting more thoroughly with indigenous groups and possibly even selling it to them to manage.
The TMPL is a very very small amount of the hate I see streaming on FB. Outside of the oilfield argument completely, the Liberals are pushing through more firearms restrictions to licensed and registered owners and bans that will affect what they already own, which is a very unpopular and in my opinion completely unnecessary move in Canada. On the economic side of that, there may be a multi-million or billion dollar plan to buy-back firearms from owners if they handled it properly, and the resulting sales and taxes on firearms may be a lot more than you could imagine. I’m barely in the hobby and still well into the 5 figure territory. Some colleagues spend a minimum of $1000 per month of ammunition, etc. It’s a large and misunderstood niche, that doesn’t need further regulation, IMO.
For the oilfield, you’ve got a government that has been allowing foreign propaganda and miss-information to be spread throughout the country without any push-back, clarification or support, which has contributed to a growing mindset that Canadian oil and gas is dirty, unethical, dangerous and unnecessary. Pipeline propositions to the East to attempt to keep Canadian oil inside of Canada to be refined and distributed instead of importing, seem to be out of the question and there is a never ending increase in opposition both from Canadians and political parties when it comes to anything oil-sands related. It appears the NDP would like to see it dismantled as soon as reasonably possible.
During all of that, Richmond sees a new pipeline to move Canadian oil refined in Washington state to supply YVR from a new Fraser River shipping terminal that receives coastal deliveries from Washington refineries, without a scandal, protests or media coverage. Why is that one OK but the TMPL expansion to provide CANADIAN refined product from Edmonton to the same market is blockaded? The US has a very smart and very effective means of manipulating and funding anti-canadian-oil-and-gas disruptions throughout Canada, while projects that will interest their economy are left to be.
To me it’s very confusing that a fairly wealthy nation with such a large reserve of oil and gas, stringent environmental standards and a proven ability to operate at 1/2 the value a barrel of oil vs our neighbors to the south is unable to supply even itself with fuel. It is true that WTI or Saudi oil is very different than what comes out of the oil-sands, but there isn’t any reason we’re incapable of using it, or exporting it for trade on refined products, or revenue to invest in alternative energy projects.
On to the equalization and representation stuff, I don’t fully understand their arguments on this. Equalization can come from any province, but the aches and pains in Alberta’s opinion might be that the East requires more support than the West, and having different political and economic mindsets on either end is dividing the country right at the Ontario border. Albertan’s seem to feel they should have more representation, as do most provinces, but seeing this last election with more overall votes won by the Conservatives the West seems to be especially upset about it. A call for electoral reform or separation is now the popular cry, but I’d rather just see the Liberals do what’s in the interest of all of Canada, which certainly includes supporting Canadian oil and gas and using their ‘carbon’ taxes to fund incentives and projects related to alternatives.
I’m certainly not against alternatives. I fully intend to buy an electric car within the net year or two, however living in a downtown neighborhood without a driveway will be a challenge for charging. If someday solar proves to be worthwhile and less maintenance and headaches than it currently is, I would also make that change to the house… As it is, our neighbors across the street just took down and disposed of a 12 panel array that did nothing but cost them money and stress over the past 5 years or so. In one of the sunniest cities in Canada, that isn’t sounding very promising at the moment on a residential scale.
For me, I’m not necessarily against the Liberals, but I do feel a lot of their policy and focus is in areas that are ridiculous, and possibly just show to appease the area of the country where seat counts are the most dense, but I’m eager to see what they can get done over 8 years instead of 4 years.