Trudeau and Horgan Continue Disingenuous Talking Points Around Trans Mountain

Given the massive financial and environmental costs they are willing to shrug off, it is only getting clearer how disingenuous the federal and BC governments are becoming with their motives surrounding this project.


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There has been some talk lately of Alberta shutting off the oil supply to BC over the delays to the Trans Mountain pipeline project. The BC government responded by suggesting that they would rather import oil from Washington state than allow the project to continue.

They might have overlooked the fact that oil produced in Washington is made from imported crude oil. Over a quarter of these imports come from Alberta by pipeline, and over half comes from Alaska mostly by tanker. If BC were to rely solely on southern neighbour Washington for its oil, it would mostly be coming from its northern neighbour Alaska.

Environmentally speaking, it does not make much of a difference. It might even be a net harm to the environment from added inefficiencies.

The benefit that the rest of Canada would see from the Trans Mountain pipeline is that Alberta would have more export options which would increase demand and allow Alberta to demand a higher price for the same amount of oil. Instead, blocking the pipeline forces Alberta to produce more oil to make the same revenue as would otherwise be the case.

The downside from BC’s perspective, therefore, must go beyond the environmental risks and impacts.

Perhaps BC does not want Alberta to be able to increase its export options because it would increase its own residents’ already incredible gas prices. If that is the case, it means that they are willing to waste billions of our dollars to save millions of their own.

Given the massive financial and environmental costs they are willing to shrug off, it is only getting clearer how disingenuous the federal and BC governments are becoming with their motives surrounding this project.


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  1. Tonight is now only 10 days away from the May 31 decision by Km to proceed or cancel this important project. John Horgan is playing a game that he cannot win and will only cost him and his party and the Green party the next election, he has parked himself into a corner with John Weaver whispering in his ear, “Don’t forget my three votes”, Justin Trudeau is no better in taking a firm stance, and allowing this project to be cancelled. Tax payers shouldn’t be funding this project, KM and it’s investors already have the finances in place, but if the Provincial and Federal governments cannot get their acts together, then this project will be cancelled and it will set a precedent for all future investments in Canada, as World investors will be wary of investing in Canada. For the Federal Government to do nothing annd allow a provincial government to over ride them means that we have no structured law in Canada. Maybe this is Justin Trudeau plan to see this pipeline project fail, then he can go home and look at a picture of his dad and say” I promised you I would finish the destruction of the Alberta Energy Industry” May 31 2019 could be a historic day in Canada business community and it’s future.I’m not very optimistic to the final outcome.

Mika Ryu

Law student at Western University, and UofT graduate in economics and linguistics. Remember that your version of the world is always too simple.

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