Justin Trudeau doesn't even try to hide that he's just another greasy Ottawa petrol-head. He says he opposes the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline for obscure reasons that perhaps only he understands. Enbridge, he says, needs to go back to the drawing board and come back with something more palatable. That's a pretty soft 'no' on the Northern Gateway.
Trudeau doesn't like the idea of a pipeline running through the Great Bear Rainforest and gives Enbridge a failing grade on getting First Nations' and affected communities' approval. He's even got a lovely little quip for it: "Ultimately governments grant permits, but only communities grant permission.” Really, junior, that's it?
JT also opposes the Northern Gateway because of the potential ramifications of a tanker accident. He points out there are thousands of British Columbians who make their living on the sea and could see their livelihoods ruined.
Trudeau's hypocrisy, however, comes through with his gushing support for TransCanada's Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. On that southern pipeline, Trudeau ditches all the objections he raises in opposing the Northern Gateway.
Every community in the Lower Mainland, representing about 2-million Canadians, is fiercely opposed to the Kinder-Morgan expansion. A tanker sinking anywhere from Indian Arm to the open Pacific would wreak far greater damage even than the same spill on the north coast. Does Trudeau not realize that Vancouver's inner harbour is Canada's gateway to the Pacific? What does he think a tanker mishap could do to downtown Vancouver, Burnaby and the North Shore municipalities? Has he not heard how our National Energy Board gave America's Environmental Protection Agency the slip on the Kinder Morgan hearings?
Trudeau the Lesser doesn't even want to deal with the Tar Sands, groundwater contamination and the spread of carcinogens much less the environmental consequences of pushing the world's highest-cost, highest-carbon on world markets. That pretty much shows where Trudeau would be environmentally - not far from Harper.
We've mocked Harper for transforming Canada into an international pariah, five time winner of the Fossil of the Year award, but the policies Trudeau is taking would commit his government to defend the same interests, build the same barricades to action, that have left our country so tarnished already.
And, lest any of you think the NDP is one bit better, a touch of Murray Dobbin will disperse your delusions.