After lying dormant for nearly 40 years, talk of Alberta separatism is again boiling to the surface.
On Tuesday, Premier Rachel Notley said she’s well aware of the increasing chatter about giving up on Canada.
And she dealt with the question exactly as the first PC premier, Peter Lougheed, did back in the 1980s.
“I say to all those folks that we’re right there with them,” Notley said. “We, too, are very, very frustrated.
Over the weekend, former Wildrose leader Brian Jean called for fellow Albertans to join him in an all-out boycott of Quebec products.
The occasion was prompted by a comment from François Legault, the new right-leaning premier of Quebec. At a Montreal premiers’ meeting, Legault shot down any hope for a revival of the Energy East pipeline saying “there’s no social acceptability (for oil) in Quebec.”
The equalization system must be scrapped or massively changed, or else Canada’s national unity will collapse.
Canadians don’t value our fossil fuel economy, which explains why so many are OK to trash pipelines and see Alberta tank. Only 19 per cent think it more important to pursue oil and gas development than to go green and regulate oil, according to EKOS polling. That 19 per cent figure shrinks to eight per cent for Canadians who consider themselves Liberals, six per cent for NDPers and two per cent for those who vote Green, meaning that politicians of most stripes have no interest in alienating their supporters to help Alberta’s energy economy recover.
Talk about a political landmine.
Premier Rachel Notley appointed three special envoys Monday to work with the energy industry to find solutions to close the oil-price differential that is costing Canada more than $80 million a day.
One of those special envoys is Brian Topp, Notley’s hand-picked former chief of staff and a former federal NDP leadership candidate. To say that Topp is hostile towards Alberta’s main industry would be a gross understatement.
Notley and Justin. What did Alberta do to deserve this?
The top rival to Alberta’s premier is signalling he doesn’t favour a government-mandated cut in crude oil production as Canadian prices hit a record low, saying he would prefer to see a market-based solution to the problem.
From the new book on Canada and global warming: ‘The Big Stall.’
Alberta Education Minister David Eggen is directing 28 privately run schools to post rules affirming the rights of LGBTQ students or risk having their funding pulled by next school year.
GUNTER: Liberals’ anti-oil policy stifling the industry
The biggest problem in Canada’s oil and gas sector is no longer the world price of oil. The biggest problems are the ridiculous, anti-investment policies of both the federal and Alberta governments (which have scared away perhaps $100 billion in investment), plus, of course, the lack of pipelines to take our oil to refineries and foreign markets.
But another big problem that is little discussed, has been the willingness of the biggest of the big oil companies to play footsie with the federal Liberals and Alberta NDP.
Call it new-age corporate environmentalism…
Call it crony capitalism, a rigged market, corporate welfare, a cartel, whatever, it’s the stuff Canada’s economy is made of.
Robyn Luff left in a huff, shocking her caucus and dealing a rare blow to Premier Rachel Notley’s image as a benign and cheery leader.
By 9:50 Monday evening, the NDP caucus had voted to kick her out, saying other NDP MLAs “have lost confidence in her ability to participate as a productive and trustworthy member of the government caucus.”
You’ve probably never heard of Luff, the NDP member for Calgary-East, just as you’re likely unaware of most other NDP backbenchers everywhere.
Luff’s stunning and bitter letter, released Monday, helps explain why.
Convention will also feature tribute to retiring cabinet minister and former leader Brian Mason.
When it comes to instituting policies considered disastrous to Alberta’s energy industry, Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not unlike his father — former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, who announced the devastating National Energy Program on Oct. 28, 1980, almost 38 years ago to the day.
When testifying to the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, University of Guelph professor Ross McKitrick noted the many failings of Bill C-69, currently under review in the Senate, which would replace the National Energy Board (NEB) with a new assessment agency, changing how major resource projects are reviewed in Canada.
In September of 2018, Deputy Minister Curtis Clark threatened religious schools with defunding and loss of accreditation if they do not remove religious content from their “Safe and Caring” school policies.
Talk about a contrast.
In Calgary, Jason Kenney, leader of the United Conservative Party and Alberta’s official Opposition, was speaking like he was running the government of Alberta, even though the provincial election is about seven months away.
In Edmonton, Premier Rachel Notley was speaking like she was running the official Opposition.