Tuesday, October 20, 2015
It Wasn't Just Harper Who Went Down in Flames Last Night.
Damn! I forgot to unload my Enbridge stock. I expect the market for pipelines is a tad wobbly this morning. The Northern Gateway (we're told) is dead, dead, dead. The north coast is saved.
Face it, Enbridge/Harper never succeeded in establishing 'social licence' for the Northern Gateway, especially not with our stalwart First Nations. The rest of us owe them an immense debt of gratitude.
That said, had Harper prevailed last night it's probable that he would have used his next term in power to steamroller the pipeline operation and get dilbit to "tide water."
We still have to fight Kinder Morgan's southern pipeline expansion. At least we won't be campaigning on two fronts.
Oh, yeah, what's that other outfit? Of course, Lockheed. Junior has already nixed their F-35, something that may have knock on effects on Lockheed's other, already wobbly international clientele. We still need something to replace our aging CF-18s. Remember, they were bought by Junior's dad back when he was prime minister. Hmm, something strangely poignant to that. Maybe the new Trudeau Liberals can find something better suited to guarding Canada's vast northern expanse.
Infrastructure. That's pushing on an open door. From coast to coast the country's infrastructure is at risk. It's old, often dilapidated and, in any case, never engineered to meet the demands of today's harsher environment. It's going to be enormously costly to repair and replace it. It'll be far costlier if we don't. That's exactly the sort of stimulus spending Canada so badly needs.
I've got a couple of ideas. How about we get our Coast Guard stations opened again? Wouldn't it be great if we got those regulations that protect our lakes, our rivers and coasts reinstated? Let's get those marine guardians at Fisheries and Oceans back on the job. We could also ratchet up our navigation regulations that were gutted by Harper. It's the least we can do.