Alberta Politics: The Jason Syndrome: Conservative candidate melts down about Hollywood star turn in bid to derail NDP strategy that’s working

PHOTOS: Conservative carbon-tax foe Jason Kenney in a screen shot taken from his recent Facebook video. Actual best experiences may not result as promised from turning on the sound. Below: Hollywood actress Jane Fonda aboard a helicopter somewhere over Fort McMurray. Just what is the pilot pointing at? Below her: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Policy is people #nlpoli

Kim Keating is a member of the newly-appointed council to advise the provincial government on oil and gas issues. She’s a professional engineer,  a senior official with a local company in the oil and gas business, and in the recent past she was the president of the St. John’s Board of Trade the year that ...

Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley’s demand for a pipeline quid pro quo demonstrates the steely side of Alberta’s premier

PHOTOS: Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley. Below: Peter Lougheed, Alberta’s first Progressive Conservative premier, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his father, the late prime minister Pierre Trudeau. GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alberta Rachel Notley’s decision yesterday to make support for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan put a national price on carbon conditional on getting a pipeline approved ...

Alberta Politics: Bernard the Roughneck in his own words: Neal Bernard Hancock responds to his critics

PHOTOS: “Bernard the Roughneck,” Neal Bernard Hancock, addresses the media in Ottawa in this screenshot of the CBC’s tape of his interview. Below: Mr. Hancock at the same event with Mark Scholz, president of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, David Lefebvre, director of the Quebec Oil and Gas Association (which the CAODC describes ...

Alberta Politics: Brad Wall: a day late and a dollar short on Husky’s Prince Albert pipeline rupture

PHOTOS: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall speaking with reporters in the halls of Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina yesterday (screen grab from the CBC’s feed). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and the city of Prince Albert on the bank of the North Saskatchewan River. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall’s lame defence yesterday morning of his strange inaction ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Foundations #nlpoli

Natural resources minister Siobhan Coady was the latest in a long line of energy ministers from this province who have done the annual pilgrimage to the offshore technology show in Houston in early May.  “With our unique location,” Coady said of Newfoundland and Labrador, ” we have built a solid foundation, have incredible prospects, and look forward ...

Alberta Politics: Hard truth from the Parkland Institute: New pipelines won’t much improve the price fetched by Alberta oil from Bitumen

PHOTOS: An oil tanker, floating in “tidewater” – in this case the balmy Persian Gulf. Below: Earth scientist David Hughes, and a caribou strolling along a pipeline, this one in Alaska. That’s tonight’s harvest of royalty-free photographs. My guess is that not many partisans of any of Alberta’s NDP Government, the federal Liberals or their ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Comparative Hydro Costs #nlpoli

Konrad Yakabuski’ s column in the Monday Globe is an interesting one for people in Newfoundland and Labrador for a couple of reasons.  ‘ First of all,  Yakabuski pointed out the “broader credibility problem facing all of Canada’s provincially owned electric utilities.” Second of all,  for all those people in this province who are complaining ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Mullet Policy #nlpoli

Government is like a lot of things in life:  it’s about finding solutions to problems. Okay. If that upsets your cynical sensibilities,  think about it as about finding answers to questions. Better? Good. Now matter what way you want to look at it,  that’s basically what government is supposed to do.  There’s a problem.  Government ...

The Canadian Progressive: Alberta Tar Sands Dependence Could Hurt Canadian Economy: Report

By Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives  (Press Release) | Feb. 21, 2013: OTTAWA — A failure to carefully regulate the Canadian bitumen industry is putting Canada on a dangerous economic and environmental trajectory, says a new report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and the Polaris Institute. The study’s original, integrated analysis ...

The Canadian Progressive: Fukushima’s victims show why Harper must update nuclear liability law

By Greenpeace Canada (Press Release) | Feb. 19, 2013: TORONTO – Hundreds of thousands of victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan are still denied fair compensation from a governmental regulatory system that allows the nuclear industry to evade its responsibilities and forces the public to pay for its disasters. Canada lives under the ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Muskrat Falls: what an independent review really looks like

The provincial Liberals included a handy table with their Friday news release on the joint federal/provincial environmental panel’s report on Muskrat Falls. The chart compares what the environmental panel said would be a thorough, independent review of the province’s energy needs and what the Conservatives are setting up through the public utilities board.   – ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Containing Ottawa’s Skyrocketing Power Bill

by Tom Adams and Brian Lee Crowley [Note:  the authors prepared the following commentary to coincide with the recent energy ministers meeting.  It has appeared in other publications across the country.] Federal taxpayers are exposed to an explosion of liabilities to fund provincial electricity misadventures, the worst of which are undermining Canada’s international trading reputation. ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Strangling energy innovation

The Telegram editorialists are finally putting it all together, at least when it comes to the provincial government’s energy company, the Muskrat Falls project and taxpayers: It looks a lot like the province would prefer all its eggs in one basket. Or, more to the point, the province not only wants to run an energy ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Making the Most of Our Energy Resources (Part I – Electricity Reform)

In slightly more than a decade, fundamentally bad policy decisions by Liberal and Conservative administrations have turned the provincial government’s electricity corporation has turned into an unregulated, unaccountable monster. Such is the power of this hydra corporation as we enter the second decade of the new millennium that it can corrupt the public body  – ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: PEI to study electricity supply

The Government of Prince Edward Island has appointed a five member commission to examine the province’s energy supply and pricing. The commission — which includes Mike O’Brien, David Arsenault, Roger King, Gerald Morneau and Richard Hassard — will spend the next year looking at the future of P.E.I.’s electricity costs. The province has some of ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Reductio ad argentum: senatorial elections version

With the Conservatives who have been running the province since 2003, everything reduces to cash.  For them, the only principle is cash. Not surprisingly, when it comes to the idea of electing senators to represent the people of Newfoundland and Labrador in the national parliament, Premier Kathy Dunderdale said this: Mr. Speaker, there are still ...

Democratic Progress: "Not One Dime": A Proposal

In this country, we subsidize dirty energy. There are tax breaks, there are handouts, there are “investments”. Liberals should be out there saying “not one dime” of public money will ever go to this type of energy again. I don’t think this is even inconsistent with what Igantieff has said about the oil sands needing ...