Justin Trudeau said that the carbon tax and his environmental policies were necessary to get the private energy sector moving. Instead, taxpayers are paying $4.5 billion to bail out and own the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, and we still have the hated carbon tax.
Justin Trudeau and the Liberals used to like talking about ‘social license.’
The idea is that the right policies could generate support within communities and different levels of government for energy sector projects, part of Trudeau’s claim that only he could ‘balance’ the economy and the environment.
Trudeau used the claim to attack the Conservatives, falsely claiming that they didn’t get any pipelines approved, even though a simple Google search shows otherwise.
However, as the Trudeau government has spent more time in power, the struggles of getting pipeline projects going in Canada – despite the widely-hated carbon tax being imposed on Canadians, and despite new environmental regulations – had caused many to doubt Justin Trudeau’s ‘social license’ claims.
Now, the Nationalization of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline has exposed those claims as total lies.
If Trudeau was right about ‘social license,’ Canadian taxpayers wouldn’t be on the hook for $4.5 billion to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan.
The fact that we have to buy the pipeline shows that Kinder Morgan didn’t think it could succeed, or thought the financial risk was too great. If the government had been right about their ‘social license’ claims, Kinder Morgan would have gone ahead with the project, and wouldn’t have needed $4.5 billion to offload it.
So, we yet again see that Justin Trudeau used lies to sell an unpopular policy. The carbon tax was never really about ‘social license’ or the environment, it was about ripping more money out of the hands of Canadian taxpayers.
The truth is that getting the energy sector going doesn’t require a carbon tax or new regulations. It requires a government that actually believes in Canadian energy, and that is willing to stand up for the Canadian energy industry against the foreign-funded groups trying to destroy it.
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