Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Great Pipeline War

The next time Justin Trudeau visits Vancouver he'll have to keep a low profile, or wear plenty of camouflage paint.Because the Great Pipeline War has finally begun in earnest. But although the protests will be loud, and you can count me among those who believe that no new pipelines should be built.As T.S. Elliot wrote in ...

Alberta Politics: The Pipeline File: NDP’s ‘social license’ approach worked where Conservative shouting failed, it’s that simple

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Kananaskis, Alberta, in April 2016 (photo by Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta). Below: Anti-pipeline demonstrators in British Columbia (Rabble photo by Alyse Kotyk). They may not find it reassuring that Alberta conservatives are praying for their success. Without the Alberta NDP’s climate strategy, ...

Montreal Simon: Northern Gateway and the Latest Humiliation of Stephen Harper

Graphic:Press Progress Once upon a time Stephen Harper must have thought it would be so simple. He'd fly his oily Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta to beautiful British Columbia.He'd soar over the Rockies and the Great Bear Rainforest, and ram it into the Pacific.After muzzling his critics, rejecting scientific evidence, all but ignoring BC's First Nations, ...

The Canadian Progressive: Court overturns Canada’s approval of Northern Gateway pipeline

In a decision that’s already being hailed as a major victory for First Nations and the planet, the Federal Court of Appeal recently overturned the Canadian government’s 2014 approval of Enbridge’s contested Northern Gateway pipeline project. The post Court overturns Canada’s approval of Northern Gateway pipeline appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Politics: Just when the nattering nabobs of neoliberal negativism felt safe to write off the NDP, the crack of Doomsday opens!

PHOTOS: Actor David Suchet as Agatha Christie’s imaginary Hercule Poirot. Below: Postmedia Alberta Frankenpaper political columnist Lorne Gunter, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta Prosperity Fund President Barry McNamar and the late Spiro T. Agnew, who is thought by some scholars to be the worst vice-president in U.S. history. This tale of ...

Alberta Politics: A good day for Rachel Notley – but you’d never know it with media and opposition in full-scale, unrestrained meltdown

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at yesterday’s press conference in Toronto. Below: Ms. Notley, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. You may have missed it, but something truly remarkable happened in Alberta politics yesterday. Premier Rachel Notley, after less ...

Montreal Simon: BREAKING: Russian Ship Threatens BC Coast Again

Well it looks as if Stephen Harper has jumped the gun again. For this morning he tweeted this: Thank you to the @CCG_GCC's Gordon Reid and others for the great work they are doing off the coast of the Haida Gwaii off the coast of BC.— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) October 18, 2014 After it looked ...

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Historic Supreme Court Ruling Grants Land Title To Tsilhqot’in First Nation

In a historic ruling written by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, the Supreme Court of Canada has granted land title to British Columbia’s Tsilhqot’in First Nation. The post Historic Supreme Court Ruling Grants Land Title To Tsilhqot’in First Nation appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Federal Libs On Northern Gateway, Keystone XL

Den Tandt’s pro-Keystone sentiments are standard issue,  but his bit on Liberal strategy seems sound: All of which leads us back to the Liberals: They oppose the Northern Gateway project, because it lacks local community support and because its proposed route envisions sending hundreds of oil tankers down the narrow and pristine Douglas Channel, in ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Pipeline Gambit

Well it's the talk of the town. The pundits are perplexed. Shock and confusion reigns. Everybody is trying to figure out why Stephen Harper is disowning his tarry baby. After working so hard to conceive it. And in some parts of the country paranoia runs rampant.  Read more »

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Harper Will Regret Approving the Enbridge Pipeline: Forest Ethics

Vancouver-based environmental group Forest Ethics says Harper’s approval of the politically toxic Northern Gateway pipeline may cost him the 2015 election. The post Harper Will Regret Approving the Enbridge Pipeline: Forest Ethics appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE.

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Northern Gateway Pipeline Opponents: This Means ‘War’

by: Lauren McCauley | First published by Common Dreams on June 18, 2014 “It’s official. The war is on,” Grand Chief Stewart Phillip told a crowd of hundreds who had flooded the streets of Vancouver late Tuesday following the announcement that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline. Phillip, who is ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Northern Gateway Monster

Gosh. Have you noticed how these days the Cons are always running away from something? Just a few weeks ago Jason Kenney was running away from the foreign workers scandal, as fast as his chubby little legs could carry him. While Julian Fantino ran away from a group of angry veterans.And now Stephen Harper and the ...

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Northern Gateway Pipeline: First Nations “Disgusted” With Harper’s Approval [VIDEO]

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND: Enbridge’s vice president lies about winning over local First Nations [VIDEO] First Nations vow to fight Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project Elizabeth May Questions Harper on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline [VIDEO] Enbridge Inc Rebuked: “This is not an Enbridge animation” (VIDEO) Five strategies to stop Enbridge’s Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline The post ...

Montreal Simon: Martha Hall Findlay’s Ghastly Paean to the Northern Gateway Pipeline

Well I see Martha Hall Findlay has wasted no time soaking up the ethos of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. Or the oily fumes.And has penned a passionate paean to the Northern Gateway pipeline. Every nation-building project in Canada has required negotiation, balance and compromise: Northern Gateway is no exception. You don’t ...

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Enbridge’s vice president lies about winning over local First Nations [VIDEO]

by: Obert Madondo | June 18, 2014 Appearing on CTV’s Question Period on Sunday, Enbridge’s Vice President of Public and Government Affairs, D’arcy Levesque, gushed about Jim Prentice’s efforts to court First Nations’ support of the energy giant’s Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline. He said the former federal Conservative cabinet minister “helped open up a dialogue with many of those First ...

Montreal Simon: The Cowboy King and the Northern Gateway Pipeline

Well, surprise, surprise, he couldn't contain himself. At the end of his political career, paranoid and increasingly desperate, his grand pipe dream of going down in history as Alberta's greatest champion proved irresistible.The nerd from Etobicoke would be the Cowboy King of Albertonia. The one who put the other provinces in their place, and told ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Northern Gateway: Welcome To Our Next National Unity Crisis

Depending how hard The Feds and Alberta push, it could get very ugly.  “The West” fragmented; B.C. NEP-ed, West-Coat  independence movements galore. The ROC forced to choose between beautiful  B.C. and Alberta sludge miners.  I suspect that the Harper government won’t push too hard, but they are betting the eventual construction date is so far beyond ...

The Canadian Progressive: Five strategies to stop Enbridge’s Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline

by: Brent Patterson | First published by The Council of Canadians on June 16, 2014 A map of Enbridge’s proposed $6.5 billion Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline. Map from Mining.com The Harper government must announce its decision on the 525,000 barrels per day Northern Gateway tar sands export pipeline by midnight tomorrow. On CTV’s Question Period yesterday, ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Northern Gateway To Be Delayed?

“We’ve heard through the grapevine that the Harper government is going to announce a delay,” said the Chief Phillip said to the hundreds of people gathered to protest the bitumen pipeline proposal.“This is the rumour — that it’s going to be a delay to allow for more consultation with First Nations communities. We know that ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Oil By Rail Just Got More Expensive

An account of the feds new rail safety improvements can be found here.  From it: The federal government wants a three-year phase-out or retrofit of older tank cars that are used to transport crude oil by rail, but will not implement a key TSB recommendation that rail companies conduct route planning when transporting dangerous goods.As ...

Bill Longstaff: Common sense in Kitimat

Good news over the weekend. The citizens of Kitimat B.C. had their say on the Northern Gateway pipeline, and they said NO. In a referendum on Saturday, they voted 1,793 to 1,278 to oppose running the pipeline to their town, the proposed terminus. Mayor Joanne Monaghan promised to discuss the result at tonight’s Council meeting ...

Alberta Diary: Still hoping for a ‘deal’ with AUPE, Alberta Deputy Premier Dave Hancock has a Seinfeld moment

Deputy Premier Dave Hancock holds forth in the Legislature this morning as a few bored reporters half-heartedly listen. Below: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who could have written Mr. Hancock’s script; former Reform Party and now former SIRC chair Chuck Strahl. With nothing to report in “negotiations” between the government of Alberta and the Alberta Union of ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Justin Trudeau On Pipelines

From his interview with Calgary Metro News:“Because of that I have been a strong promoter of the Keystone XL pipeline and also a harsh critic on the way the prime minister has approached pushing the Keystone XL pipeline. To my mind, the only thing that has prevented Keystone XL from getting approved already in the ...

Alberta Diary: Former federal Tory Chuck Strahl’s lobbying activities break no laws, but highlight a problem

Lobbyists gather in the lobby of the House of Commons at Westminster. Below: Politician turned lobbyist Chuck Strahl, B.C. Lobbying Commissioner Elizabeth Denham. Notwithstanding his classification as a Designated Public Office Holder under the federal Lobbying Act, former Reform Party, Canadian Alliance and Conservative office holder Chuck Strahl is breaking no laws or regulations by ...