Good afternoon readers, followers and friends....as you know the NEB has approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, this is no surprise, we knew that this whole review process was skewed, we also knew where and whom Stephen Harper and the Con party allegiances lay..that being with big oil energy companies..
But have no fear, this is going to get really fun, nasty and contentious...Let me give you a lay of the land for the near future..
Early in the new year Stephen Harper and his cabinet are going to give the federal nod for Enbridge`s pipeline, it will be at that time when First Nations(Every single First Nation west of Prince George) can officially file court documents, the filings will be widespread, from lack of meaningful consultation to a total failure of achieving any accomodation..These court cases will take a minimum of 5 years to wind their way through the courts, probably deacades...And yes, I don`t expect Christy Clark and the BC Liberals to adhere to any of their 5 conditions for their approval...Because, as a matter of fact diluted bitumen can`t be cleaned up once spilled in water, rivers, streams and oceans...The condition of world class oil spill response is moot, you can`t clean up spilled bitumen in water, therefor worldclass response means zippo...First Nations support has not been and will not be granted and as for BC`s condition of receiving our fair share, that will never get resolved as both the feds, Alberta and the oil energy companies themselves will not pony up cash or benefit..
Also, there is no super fund available for a major clean up, for law suits, the world fund for this is a mere $ 1 billion dollars and there are no assurities that we could access it..supertankers can`t get more than a $few hundred million in insurance, and these mighty energy companies will not pay monies out into a blank-cheque fund...After all, the Alberta oil game is a ponzi, barely profitable, the margins are very slim....And most telling, Enbridge has separated the Northen Gateway Pipeline project from Enbridge as a whole, Northern Gateway Pipeline is a stand-alone limited liability company..Meaning Enbridge themselves is not willing to gamble that project against company assets..!!
And here`s the big one, Stephen Harper has no time left, 18 months of federal rule by the Conservative party of Canada is all that is left, Harper is now in third place in party support and more importantly Stephen Harper is in third place as to who would make the best leader...Justin Trudeau and the Federal Liberals are leading the Harper party by 8% points..Thomas Mulcair is leading Stephen Harper`s Cons by 1% point..
And those polling numbers are before the Canada post debacle, ...Stephen Harper has assaulted the Canada Health act and is reducing federal funding for it, Stephen Harper is making Canadians work longer for a meager CPP pension, ..Stephen Harper is offside with all provinces on Canada Pension enhancement..
Stephen Harper has proven himself a liar on the Senate scandal...Harper has assaulted science, fisheries, environmental laws..
Harper always wins all the Alberta ridings so there is no gain there, Harper support in BC will crash even more than it already has.. Harper is dead in Quebec and dead on Canada`s east coast....Also the Conservative brand in Ontario is bruised and tainted..
Stephen Harper is out of time...
Thomas Mulcair and the Federal NDP will stop the Enbridge pipeline if elected...And for those Justin Trudeau fans and haters...Justin Trudeau was on air with Bill Good on cknw on Monday December 16/2013...He was on air between 8:36 and 8:45 am...And yes, Bill Good asked Justin about Enbridge`s northern gateway pipeline and .....Justin Trudeau and his federal Liberal party are completely against Enbridge`s pipeline proposal, he`s not against all pipelines but is 100% opposed to Northern Gateway...
(cue up Decenber 16th/2013..8:00 am..fast forward to 8:36 am)
And lastly, if Enbridge attempts to start building their pipeline before all the Courts in Canada have weighed in...Supreme court of Canada, Appeals court, all of them...There will be massive blockades, civil disobedience and war in the woods that will make Clayquot sound and the New Brunswick protests look like a tea party...
There will be tens of thousands of protesters..
I`ll have more to say on this later...However, let me be clear, today we celebrate as the charade of the NEB review is over..
And today the end of Stephen Harper is in sight..
Celebrate, have a koolaid, have a nog. I`m sending you all hugs..
The Straight Goods
Cheers Eyes Wide Open