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Alberta pulls out of carbon tax initiative after pipeline ruling

August 31, 2018

By Paul Homewood

First Australia, now Canada:


A court had earlier quashed the government’s approval of expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline to the Pacific, siding with indigenous people worried that increased tanker traffic will harm whales along the coast.

Landlocked Alberta in western Canada, which sits on the world’s third largest oil reserves, was set to rely on the pipeline to sell oil to Asian markets via the port of Vancouver.

“As important as climate action is to our province’s future I have also always said that taking the next step, in signing on to the federal climate plan, can’t happen without the Trans Mountain pipeline,” Premier Rachel Notley told reporters in a live address Thursday evening.

“With the Trans Mountain halted and the work on it halted, until the federal government gets its act together, Alberta is pulling out of the federal climate plan,” she said.

The Globe and Mail make this interesting comment:

 Already, Ms. Notley’s New Democrats have been polling well behind Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party. Mr. Kenney says he would scrap the carbon tax completely, as it renders the province’s oil and gas industry uncompetitive relative to other crude-producing jurisdictions.

And France24 add in their report:

In addition to Alberta, the provinces of Saskatchewan and Ontario in mid-July announced an alliance against the carbon tax, which they believe is harmful to the economy.

Ontario — Canada’s richest and most populous province — elected a climate-sceptic prime minister in June, who is working to dismantle climate change policies.

  1. August 31, 2018 12:45 pm

    Hmmm. Wonder who started this ball rolling?

  2. August 31, 2018 4:01 pm

    The Premier of Alberta, Rachel Notley, has said she would pull out, but she it’s just an election year statement. Her socialist government, that was elected in Alberta because the electorate was verypissed off with the long time Conservative party, has not said they will stop the current carbon tax plan, which everyone knows is only a BS tax grab, she means that she is not going to INCREASE the carbon tax as per the federal (Trudeau) government in 2020. She assumed, incorrectly, that introducing a carbon tax would give her “social licence” with all the crazy eco nazis and the pipeline would be approved and it blew up in her face. Her government is done in Alberta and with luck Canada will send Trudeau down the road as well.
    She said she’s pulling out but that’s not quite what is happening yet. Stay tuned.

    • Francisco permalink
      September 1, 2018 4:36 am

      She worded it so nicely that I wonder how many out there think she actually made a change.

      It is all rhetoric… smoke and mirrors. She’s still milking us

  3. Ed Cairns permalink
    August 31, 2018 4:11 pm

    The Canadian Federal government’s
    Review process for major inter-provincial projects has become impossible to navigate. Worse still the “goalposts” for each review get moved during the review itself. Upstream and downstream Federal Carbon impact studies only seem to apply to Alberta’s oil industry. Ontario’s car and Quebec’s aircraft manufacturing are not subject to the same up and down stream carbon impact reviews.
    Without this pipeline Alberta can only sell its oil to the US at a significant discount.
    Central Canada politicians previously blocked the construction of an oil pipeline that would have weaned Canada off foreign oil. This confederation called “Canada” doesn’t work.

  4. Bitter@twisted permalink
    August 31, 2018 6:46 pm

    The “Trump Effect” is spreading.
    And a good thing too!

    • September 1, 2018 1:12 pm

      I cannot tell you how much things have changed here with the election of Donald John Trump. A dark and foreboding weight has been lifted. People and business have optimism through the roof, except for the sore losers. This was a huge change with worldwide repercussions and the globalists are working frantically to undo it. However, it has given people in other countries the inspiration to do likewise. Spreading the “Trump Effect” is the best way to stop these globalists.

      During his continuing massive rallies in support of Congressional candidates, he has been telling about the process of moving our embassy to Jerusalem. He said, “I know why other presidents promised, but did not do it.” When he announced, he began to receive phone calls, as he says, “from countries I did not even know existed.” They all wanted him not to do it. He planned to announce on the next Monday. Finally, he told the people answering the phone calls from these leaders to tell them “President Trump will call you back next week.” So after Monday and the announcement, he called them back. As President Trump related, “Oh, that’s what you were calling about….sorry.”

      What a difference it makes to have a President who is the consummate businessman and not the nuanced Harvard ninny. BTW, Trump is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. Penn, as it is known, is one of the Ivy League schools along with Harvard, Princeton, Yale, etc. The Wharton School is one which is so hard to get into that if you do you will graduate. Don, Jr and Ivanka are Wharton graduates. Eric is a graduate of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. Tiffany is also a Penn graduate, now in law school at Georgetown. Barron is 12 and almost as tall as his parents.

  5. Francisco permalink
    September 1, 2018 4:35 am

    LOL, we might not ‘sign’ onto the federal carbon tax scam, but we’ll still be hosed with Alberta’s carbon tax.

    It is all rhetoric.

    Notley did absolutely nothing….. other than scare investment away since she came into the job.

    We’re still screwed, we still pay stupid carbon tax. Only difference is that Ottawa does not get it. The NDP is still the only one wasting it away.

    ‘I don’t get my pipeline, I don’t share my cake, but I’ll still eat it’

  6. September 1, 2018 4:37 am

    We Albertans will vote out Rachel and the NDP…..unfortunately, Eastern Canada will vote the liberals in again(federally)…so we will be stuck with boy wonder and his carbon tax

    • Bitter@twisted permalink
      September 1, 2018 9:04 am


      • dave permalink
        September 2, 2018 8:23 am


        It is a common mistake to imagine that Eastern Canadians have an inferiority complex, regarding the USA, and want to follow its lead. On the contrary, a majority, rather smugly, think of themselves as more ‘caring,’ and ‘educated’ and ‘progressive.’

        As with Britain they may vote Rightish for a while, to clear up a Socialist mess, but they leave the Socialist play-book open on the table.

        As with Britain, again, they love to ‘hate Trump’ and take his very existence as a personal affront. A vote for Trudeau in Ontario and Quebec will be a vote against Trump. The fact that the USA will not count this vote in their own up-coming elections will hardly figure in the emotional calculus.

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