Saturday, April 14, 2018

You're Right, Justin. Delusional, but Right.

The prime minister has spoken. Justin Trudeau proclaimed that his pipeline fetish isn't about "punishing" British Columbia. The man/boy prime minister is utterly, indisputably right. It isn't about punishing British Columbia. However the Dauphin's "my way or the highway" approach to the Trans Mountain pipeline is all about steamrollering British Columbia in order to imperil British Columbia - all, in his mind perhaps, with the best of intentions. Then again, maybe even he doesn't believe it.

Trudeau has made up so much nonsense, broken so many promises, told so many whopping lies about this pipeline that he may not even be able to tell fact from fantasy any more.

He's invented non-existent "science" that shows his pipeline and supertanker flotilla can cross British Columbia and transit its coastal waters safely. This science that he's shown no one. The science that Environment Canada and the Royal Society of Canada say hasn't been done. Until he produces this supposed science he can't complain if his claim is treated as just another one of his self-serving falsehoods.

He's propped himself up with findings of the National Energy Board that he himself earlier rebuked as corrupt, untrustworthy, in the pocket of the energy industry.

Our Stephen Harper "Mini-Me" has fed Canadians a plate of steaming horseshit about constitutional powers that he dare not take to court to enforce.

He's not out to punish British Columbia but he sure as hell is out to subdue it, to subjugate it, to sweep aside the province's own legitimate constitutional powers that stand between him and his ability to imperil the province and force on it the very real risk of catastrophic, irreparable harm. And, to Trudeau, all of that is within the "national interest."


Northern PoV said...

Using his macho statement...

""The conversation I will have with the premiers tomorrow [Sunday] morning will emphasize that we are going to get that pipeline built," he said. "

... within the context of setting up this meeting, is just juvenile.
Horgan is being very generous to attend in the face of Trudeau's insult.

I hope he records the meeting on his cell catching Jr. practicing his Marlon Brando (Godfather) threats.

Deacon Jester said...

I'm encouraged that Horgan is not being detained.

John B. said...

Today on CTV QP a rep for the federal government suggested, in an attempt to disparage opposition for the project and after noting that "crude oil" has been transported trans-mountain for some time, that concerns expressed over the increased possibility of spills due to heavier tanker traffic are overstated, because the increase in traffic would amount to one just additional tanker per day.

Okay. That's one way of stating it. Here's another:


"Two-hundred-and-fifty commercial vessels a month traverse these waters. Currently about four of those are travelling in to Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal and carrying crude oil back out to the Pacific. ...

"The Trans Mountain project and expanded capacity would mean a seven-fold increase in the number of oil tankers coming and going."

I think they should refine this part of the sales pitch. The customer shouldn't be so clumsily made aware that he's being taken for a dupe.

Lorne said...

As his mask slips away, Trudeau is going to find re-election far more of a challenge than the public image he has thus far cultivated would indicate.

Ben Burd said...

Quite frankly I don't give a toss about either side of the argument. If the decision and political compromise is to spend public money to make the problem go away spend the money on an upgrader and ship clean gas made by Canadians for Canadians.

The Mound of Sound said...

Well, Ben, of course you don't care. You're from Coburg and you don't have a dog in this fight so why should you. It's not your coast. No skin off your ass. So your opinion is, well, irrelevant to me at least.

Trailblazer said...

Sunday, April 15.
With Trudeau's decision today to inflict financial ransome on BC we are seeing the true! control that the carbon companies have upon Canada.

Add to this the absurd capitulation of the media to offer any impartial conversation on the subject shows that the consolidated political and profit motivated media are complicit in the promotion of a carbon economy.
Both the media and government have commited Canadians to be hewers of wood and diggers of coal forever.
That they! the Canadian government have done so shows contempt of the capabilities of Canadians who are capable of so much more.

The above, ladies and gentlemen is the official government idea of our capabilities.

Are we so fucking simple?


The Mound of Sound said...

Trudeau has given us a blunt warning, TB. Now we either fight or submit. He intends to punish us, to bring us to heel. You feel in the mood for that?