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Corbella: Will pipeline approval quell western separatism rise caused by Trudeau?

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13.06.2019

In a thumbing of his nose to the West on Wednesday, Justin Trudeau’s federal government announced that it would reject most of the amendments to Bill C-69 — the no more pipelines act — that were proposed by the Senate after much study and testimony.

Experts say that as a result of the arbitrary measures contained in the bill, that will allow the minister of the environment to veto an approved project “just because,” no corporation would risk hundreds of millions of dollars trying to win approval of a large infrastructure project, like a pipeline, should this bill pass without the 188 amendments recommended by the Senate.

This is a big blow for Alberta and other non-renewable resource jurisdictions in Canada and it’s sure to stir up growing sentiments of western alienation.

That Trudeau’s government would announce this just one day after six common-sense premiers, including Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, sent out a polite letter urging Trudeau to amend Bill C-69 and let Bill C-48, the law that would ban Alberta crude from being shipped on B.C.’s north coast, to die, as recommended by the Senate committee, is tone deaf.

Trudeau’s response seems to be, to heck with sober second thought and to hell with Tuesday’s mild warning of these bills “further alienating provinces and territories and their citizens.”

In Montreal on Wednesday, it appears that Kenney is looking to recruit a seventh premier, Quebec’s Francois Legault, into his current Sensible Six group by chatting up that province and focusing on Alberta and Quebec’s similarities, rather than its areas of tension........

© Winnipeg Sun