By Letter to the Editor on April 13, 2019.
Mr. Kenney told his supporters in Fort McMurray this week that Ms. Notley ought to have done more to have the Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion move forward. Ms. Notley was not an Alberta member of Stephen Harper’s federal cabinet which initially approved this pipeline expansion. Mr. Kenney was a member of that cabinet.
The Harperites’ approval of that pipeline expansion was faulty and flawed. That approval gave the Federal Court of Appeal reasons to halt the building of the pipeline expansion in August 2018, pending a revising of the approval to include things which Mr. Kenney and his Conservative cabinet colleagues deliberately ignored on the initial approval. That revision is underway, and has been since August, 2018.
If Mr. Kenney and his colleagues had done their job properly, the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would likely be under construction now. The facts, and Mr. Kenney’s prior failure in this matter show as false his claim that Ms. Notley is somehow to blame for the stalling of this pipeline expansion.
I believe there are many in the oil industry who think that Kenney will stand up for their industry. They should ask themselves why they think that anything Jason Kenney and the UCP can possibly do will either advance or accelerate the revision of the federal approval, now underway. They should ask themselves why the NDP has contracted to buy 4,400 rail tank cars and 70 locomotives, and why Kenney and the UCP threaten to cancel that contract. No province can approve a pipeline. That is a federal matter. But a province can buy rail tank cars and put them in service without any kind of approval process – all that is needed is a contract with the railway companies.
The efforts of Notley and the NDP will move more Alberta oil to market than anything Kenney has ever done, and those efforts will move more Alberta oil than the UCP will ever do.
Gregory R. CÃ´tÃ©
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