Progress Alberta accepted nearly $40,000 from Tides Foundation
According to Tides.org’s 2016 grant list, the NDP-aligned group Progress Alberta accepted nearly $40,000 from Tides, a public charity that has historically made generous donations to other anti-oil & gas movements.
Interesting: In 2016, NDP-aligned group @ProgressAlberta accepted nearly $40k from Tides, the same foreign group funding much of the anti-oil & gas activism today (https://t.co/wOsSKcwJIJ). The 2017 Tides’ numbers aren’t disclosed yet. #ableg #abpoli #ucp #cdnpoli #cpc pic.twitter.com/NbfGQrYfXV
— Unite Alberta (@UniteAlberta) December 17, 2018
This perhaps should come as no surprise.
At this point, many may have already identified the NDP’s ever-increasing leftism and hell-bentness to step away from oil and gas.
This news comes just a day after a rally in Grand Prairie, which saw an estimated 1,500 Albertans championing their cause and making their stance clear: Alberta needs its oil industry, and a government that does not hold this value is not a government that the people want.
According to Statistics Canada’s National Economic Accounts, the Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction industry accounted for approximately 27.9% of Alberta’s GDP in 2016. This is already a drop down from their 2006 numbers, which had that number at 29.1%
It shouldn’t be dismissed as “just another donation from some charity.”
This is yet another piece of proof in the pile of evidence that Albertans have been accumulating that start to show an ugly picture: The NDP want as little to do with oil as possible.
Frustrated Albertans have had their share of bad news in recent years.
With last years carbon tax increase of 50%, a tax that essentially punishes those that want to drive their own car, it’s becoming more and more clear that Premier Notley is out of touch with the rural Albertan population.
Tides has had its hands throughout Canadian anti-oil movements and the like for some time now. A grant given to David Suzuki’s foundation for $377,586 is but a drop in the bucket for Tides, who are based out of San Francisco.
Taking a closer look, some more revealing and telling numbers show that Tides does not joke around when it comes to donations to stop the Oil and Gas industry. In 2015, Tides paid $4 million to 50 anti-pipeline groups. Of that, only $750,000 went to organizations based in the United States. The remaining $3.3 million was all paid out to Canada.
It’s a pipeline of foreign cash that could be seen as a type of foreign meddling. A frustrating and troubling truth, it’s wearing the patience of Albertans thinner and thinner by the day.
The voice of Alberta is letting itself be known, and is absolutely dying to be heard. It’s clear that Albertans feel ignored and undervalued by the Provincial and Federal government.
It’s already been observed from our neighbours to the south that Trudeau has insulted the entirety of Alberta once by forgetting to name the 4th most populous province in his Canada Day speech in 2017, naming every other province and territory from east to west; every beautiful inch of our country was mentioned, from the Yukon, or British Columbia, all the way to Newfoundland & Labrador. Except for Alberta.
What do you think of this? Is it just another donation from some charity, or does it carry more serious implications? Let us know.
Alberta’s tussle with bad weather isn’t over yet.
Following our report last week which placed Alberta as one of the coldest places on Earth, there is some improvement, if only a touch.
Instead of a colossal and cold snowstorm, large chunks of the province will receive freezing rain.
While better than the previous week, the still dangerous weather has prompted an Environment Canada warning.
|Fort McMurray – Fort MacKay|
|Grande Prairie – Beaverlodge – Valleyview|
|Hinton – Grande Cache|
|Peace River – Fairview – High Prairie – Manning|
|Wabasca – Peerless Lake – Gift Lake – Cadotte Lake|
|Whitecourt – Edson – Fox Creek – Swan Hills|
According to Environment Canada, the warnings may need to be expanded today as the freezing rain transitions eastwards.
The government agency recommends taking precautions while driving as surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is requesting nearly $1.7 billion dollars from Ottawa following the collapse in oil prices that has plagued the provincial economy for years.
Kenney’s request is a timely one, as Alberta continues to seek avenues to renegotiate Alberta’s relationship with Ottawa and Canada as a whole, looking to gain more autonomy from the federal government, according to the Globe and Mail.
The Kenney government is looking to receive $252-million from the Fiscal Stabilization Program, as aligned with Alberta’s 2019 budget. Though Ottawa has yet to greenlight the funding, Kenney has made it clear that he expects much more.
Alberta was the recipient of over $250 million from the Fiscal Stabilization Program in 2016 due to the province’s soaring unemployment rates, while provincial budgets also reached the red, ending in a deficit. The former Notley government filed a request in September of last year, asking Ottawa for a second payment under the same program.
Kenney is now asking that Prime Minister Trudeau quickly approve the request, which as already passed a year in waiting time. Kenney is also asking that Trudeau send the larger cheque he is seeking for his province. According to Alberta’s finance ministry, the province is ineligible for a third year of funding due to the economic bounceback after 2016.
Kenney told media on Saturday that the funds, when received, would go towards helping Alberta’s economic shortcomings, as the province is yet to fully come out of the 2016 recession. “It was designed to be an equalization rebate for the have-provinces when they have a sudden and unexpected decline in revenues.”
That equalization rebate is one that Kenney has recently gotten into verbal fisticuffs over with Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchette.
Recently, Kenney responded to Blanchette’s comments that Quebec would not support Alberta’s venture into a separatist movement, one that he says his party had no interest in comparing to Quebec’s previous movements, and one he has little interest in aiding.
“If they were attempting to create a green state in western Canada, I might be tempted to help them,” he said. “If they are trying to create an oil state in western Canada, they cannot expect any help from us.”
Kenney responded by telling the Bloc leader to “pick a lane”
“If you are so opposed to the energy that we produce in Alberta, then why are you so keen on taking the money generated by the oilfield workers in this province and across Western Canada?” said Kenney, the keynote speaker, to the sold-out crowd at the Westin Calgary.
“Pick a lane. Either you can say as Quebec that you’re no longer going to take the energy and equalization resources that come from Western Canada’s oil and gas industry … or you can do what we do as Canadians, coming together to support each other, especially in times of adversity,” said Kenney.
His fiery speech, which was given at a luncheon for the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, received a standing ovation.
While landlocked, Alberta could be seeing interest from as far as Spain.
According to a recent report by Bloomberg News, the Spanish oil company Repsol is considering purchasing as much as half-a-million barrels of heavy crude a month from the western province, and in turn, transporting it to Europe through rail and shipping through Montreal’s ports.
The company is currently considering multiple locations including New Jersey, as it struggles to make up the production lost in Venezuela and Mexico.
If a deal is made, it could be seen as a boon to the Kenney government in Alberta, as European deals involving Canadian oil are rare. For example, only 400,000 barrels of Alberta oil was sent in the last year to the U.K, one of Canada’s largest European trading partners.
The shipment could also revive moral in the overall industry which has recently seen former giants such as Encana move south, where the regulatory environment, as well as access to capital, is seen as more favourable.
The former Wild Rose leader, Brian Jean, has encouraged all Albertans to boycott Quebec beer in reaction to the province’s stance on Albertan oil. In particular, Jean asked Albertans to boycott Molson Canadian, the brewing goliath, which was originally from Montreal, Quebec.
Despite the Molson’s relationship with Quebec, their company has become a global organization over the last century. It is headquartered, in the United States and has an international distribution network. As such, it is difficult to ascertain just how successful Jean’s boycott would be.
This is the most recent escalation in a series of incidents that have arrived since Justin Trudeau’s election as Prime Minister. The Liberals were swept in western Canada, without winning a single seat in Saskatchewan or Alberta.
This voting was indicative of the extent to which western Canada was frustrated with Ottawa. This was made clear when the premiers Scott Moe and Jason Kenney, threatened a referendum on the controversial equalization payments, as well as their opposition to the carbon tax.
Disaffected Canadian regions have often used protectionist trade sanctions to state their disapproval or influence other regions. Last year, Jean again called on Albertans to boycott products from Quebec. As well as this, the Albertan government has previously sanctioned all wine produced in British Columbia after they delayed an oil pipeline.