BC. Prime Minister John Horgan speaks during an announcement in Surrey, British Columbia, on September 4, 2018.
BC. Premier John Horgan will be sweating on Wednesday. This is a delightful thought.
His NDP in British Columbia, the main obstacle to the economy of Alberta, appears before the elections in Nanaimo.
This is a stronghold of the NDP, but if the liberals win, the fragile alliance between Horgan and the green will be destroyed.
This is only one of his minor problems. He has many, both local and national, who do not leave, no matter who wins.
Well, he earned them.
The forces that this guy happily unleashed through the Trans Mountain pipeline are now directed to his own projects.
The First Nations blockade again stopped work on the Coastal Pipeline worth $ 6.2 billion.
The National Energy Council will also hear an application for a full federal investigation of this project. The province wants to avoid this on the basis that GasLink is completely within B.C.
Once these tests begin, you will never know. As a colleague from Vancouver Sun john Palmer jokes: "Litigation futures are the only sure way to make money in B.C."
Alberta’s gas industry supports the LNG project, as it is expected to raise prices and open up new markets. We must not hope that it will fail.
But still, how funny it is to watch Horgan's favorite project plunge into the fires of hell, which he helped put on Trans Mountain.
Then there is a dam construction project at site C, worth $ 9 billion, which Horgan allowed to continue, despite tough environmental opposition.
BC. Hydro won 14 legal tests in a row. But B.S. The Supreme Court should consider the case of the First Nations, based on the violation of contractual rights.
You remember that Trans Mountain won 16 court cases before the Federal Court of Appeals stopped it on August 30.
These are the problems that Horgan has at home. On a wider scene, he faces the prospect of hostile conservative governments from the Rockies to the Quebec border.
If Jason Kenny's UCP wins in Alberta's spring election, he will form alliances with Doug Ford in Ontario, Brian Pallister in Manitoba and Scott Moe in Saskatchewan.
Horgan will quickly become the most isolated Canadian Prime Minister, both geographically and politically.
And he brought it on himself by his hostile actions, which weakened Rachel Notley and Albert NDP in the eyes of voters.
Horgan’s most horrible act — his requirement to regulate the flow of Alberta bitumen — remains a significant threat to the entire petroleum and petroleum industry.
He wants to control bitumen by rail, truck or pipeline. This seems to violate all the constitutional principles of free inter-provincial trade.
Horgan first introduced the rules last year. This triggered a mini-trade war, when Notli briefly banned Alberta’s purchase of B.S. wine.
Horgan softened his demand and retreated, but not far. He submitted the jurisdictional claim of B.S. to the court where he is still located.
He may have no idea of the active official anger he will face if the UCP wins in Alberta.
Kenny will most likely refer to Bill 12, which allows for a reduction in oil supplies to other provinces.
NDP adopted the bill last year, but never used it. (This should not be confused with the current reduction in production, which should lead to higher prices.)
During the northern tour last week, Kenny said in Beaverloj:
“We must make it clear that we are ready to do what (former PC Prime Minister) Peter Logiid did in the early 1980s in response to the National Energy Program.
“We must be ready to shut off Alberta’s oil taps that feed the economy of the Lower Mainland.”
After Ottawa bought the pipeline last year, Notley said it makes no sense to use Bill 12.
“If the logic of Bill 12 existed two weeks ago, it still exists today,” he said then.
“I would be ready to implement this, given the constant obstructionism of BS government."
Notli and Horgan are no longer friends, obviously. But she always did not want to engage in an all-out battle with anyone, let alone a new New Democrat.
Kenny is unlikely to show such restraint.
John Horgan's party can win Nanaimo on Wednesday, and perhaps this is good for him. He has few friends anywhere else.
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