Picking sides in the great pipeline debate

Jason Kenney joins the pipeline fight between Alberta and British Columbia.

Kenney, who met with the Times Colonist editorial board, said he does not support the provincial government’s call for a larger share of the estimated $81 billion in tax revenue that would be generated if the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline is approved. ”I think taking a balkanized approach to the federation is unhelpful,” Kenney said. “The notion that there are 10 separate fiefdoms and you have to tollgate everything you move from east to west would massively undermine the whole concept of an economic union and efficient operation of the Canadian economy,” he said.

Christy Clark’s initial gambit is here. Alison Redford’s response is here. And Ms. Clark’s response to Ms. Redford is here.




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Picking sides in the great pipeline debate

  1. “The notion that there are 10 separate fiefdoms and you have to
    tollgate everything you move from east to west would massively undermine
    the whole concept of an economic union and
    efficient operation of the
    Canadian economy,”

    Well that’s how Canada has operated up till now….10 separate fiefdoms, east to west…west to east….what country has Kenney been living in?

    • “what country has Kenney been living in?”
      The US for a time, and he didn’t come back for you.

      • Pity he didn’t stay there. He’s far more suited to their kind of politics.

    • 10 separate fiefdoms? Geez, if we had that, some of those might start trying to build firewalls. But that’s just crazy talk, who would be nutty enough to advocate that?

      • Yeah, it’s amazing how their left hand never knows what their right hand is doing isn’t it?

  2. Have a look at NFLD hydro development re transport across Quebec.

    • Exactly what I was going to say. Quebec, in breach of NAFTA, refused to allow NL to send power from the proposed Lower Churchill development through Quebec to US markets unless they could skim off most of the profits. Where were Kenney and Harper during those talks?

      • Quebec needs to be taught a lesson in humilaty.

  3. Why can’t BC tax the volume of product flowing through the pipe, a few cents per litre or per barrel. It would be none of Albertas or Ottawa business.

  4. Kinsella is calling this ‘an assault on Confederation’. Politics really does make strange bedfellows.

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