Why is Alberta paying money to Quebec, just to have the Quebec government turn around and reject Alberta pipelines?
The news that the Quebec government is getting $1.4 billion more in equalization payments has caused outrage across much of Canada, particularly in Alberta.
Alberta creates much of the money that is taken by the federal government and then given to Quebec, and under the corrupt equalization system Alberta is still paying Quebec’s bills even as Alberta struggles massively during the ongoing oil industry crisis.
That justified anger has been compounded by the fact that Quebec Premier Francois Legault has rejected the idea of resurrecting the Energy East pipeline.
He says there’s no “There is no social acceptability for a pipeline that would pass through Quebec territory.” He also called oil from the West “dirty energy.”
It’s a disgusting level of hypocrisy.
Legault and the Quebec government refuse to let Alberta build a pipeline, and call Alberta’s energy “dirty,” but they’re willing to take billions of dollars from Alberta generated by pipelines and that same so-called “dirty” energy.
So, here’s the real question: If there’s no “social acceptability” for a pipeline going through Quebec, then shouldn’t Alberta be able to say there’s “no social acceptability” for giving Quebec billions of dollars of Albertans money?
Solving this gross hypocrisy is very simple: If Quebec gets to say “no” to pipelines, Alberta gets to say “no” to transfer payments.
Because, if Quebec is allowed to say no but Alberta isn’t, then that means Alberta is being treated as nothing more than an economic servant of Quebec, and no country can remain unified with that kind of horrendous arrangement.
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