Everyone in favour of the federal government taking on a nine to twelve billion dollar pipeline expansion when bitumen is now plainly a "stranded asset," please raise your hands.
Nobody? Sure? Nobody, really?
Since this government foolishly put out nearly five billion to buy the pipeline route from the guys who were going to shut it down and couldn't find anyone in the private sector to buy them out, the pipeline has languished in litigation and indecision.
At the same time we discover it's going to cost billions more to complete than we were first told.
Now the government is scrambling to scrape up an additional and unforeseen tens of billions of dollars for stimulus spending to blunt the damage and loss caused by the coronavirus, spending of a magnitude far greater than what Harper had to spend on the 2008-2009 Great Recession.
Meanwhile world oil prices are cratering, some oil types predict they're not coming back to the days where bitumen was economically viable. In other words the pipeline has "no visible means of support" just like a lot of streetwalkers.
Could this be a good time to cut our losses on that damned pipeline? Show of hands?