Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has never been a friend of Alberta.
In fact, he downright hates us.
Back in 2010, the son of Pierre Trudeau offered up this observation to Patrick Legace on Tele-Quebec’s show Les francs-tireurs:
“Canada isn’t doing well right now because it’s Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda. It doesn’t work,” Trudeau said.
When Lagace asked whether Trudeau believed Canada was better off “when there are more Quebecers in charge than Albertans,” Trudeau replied in the affirmative.
“I’m a Liberal, so of course I think so, yes. Certainly when we look at the great prime ministers of the 20th century, those that really stood the test of time, they were MPs from Quebec … This country — Canada — it belongs to us.”
Trudeau later apologized, but that was only because the comments had gotten out into English speaking Canada and Albertans – most Westerners – were rightfully angered.
This week, Albertans found out that the apology was hardly heartfelt and that he really doesn’t give a damn about the province.
Speaking to a hastily convened town hall in Peterborough, Ontario, Trudeau told the crowd that
“We can’t shut down the oilsands tomorrow. We need to phase them out. We need to manage the transition off of our dependence on fossil fuels but it’s going to take time and in the meantime we have to manage that transition.”
All right-thinking Albertans were fuming, with angry posters blasting the prime minister in social media.
What Westerners were remembering was his father’s disastrous National Energy Program that decimated oil-producing provinces in the 1980s and bankrupted many companies.
It’s the arrogance of Trudeau that most critics find so annoying.
It’s not his decision to phase out the oilsands. The country is a federation of provinces which have specific responsibilities. Energy and resource development are provincial, not federal, responsibilities.
Then there is sheer stupidity of Trudeau.
Alberta’s oilsands contain 166 billion barrels of oil and are currently producing 2.4 million barrels per day.
In other words, at current rates of production, the oilsands could be in operation for close to 200 years.
Double production and we’d still have 100 years of operation.
In dollar terms, there is more than $7 trillion worth of oil sitting there.
Who in their right mind is going to turn their nose up at $7 trillion?
The world is not about to give up on fossil fuels. Renewable energy has failed to grow appreciably in the past three decades because it doesn’t work as promised. It is unreliable and it is uneconomic.
If anything demand for Canadian oil will grow whether Trudeau and the ecofanatics like it or not.
It would be madness to let that oil and the wealth it represents remain in the ground, particularly when other countries have no intention of giving up fossil fuels.
Even a socialist like Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is coming to understand that the oilsands are a valuable resource. She’s still holding her nose when she tries to defend their development, but she is on the defense.
So Trudeau can forget his plans to phase out oilsands. It is not going to happen. And if he tries, the people of Alberta and Saskatchewan will demand a referendum on separation and we will leave Canada. Make no mistake about that.