Yet the transfer payments keep on going…
A new report from the Universite de Montreal deepens the immense hypocrisy of the the Quebec Premier, who recently said there was no “social acceptability” for an oil pipeline from Alberta.
According to the report, there sure seems to be tons of ‘social acceptability’ for more and more gasoline, and for vehicles that use a lot of it.
The report says Quebec residents are purchasing record levels of gasoline, and sales of trucks & SUVs have surged. In fact, since 2015, sales of trucks have surpassed sales of cars.
As pointed out by the CP, while Quebec has the lowest emissions per capita in Canada, that’s not exactly as it seems says one of the authors of the report, Professor Pierre-Olivier Pineau:
“But that success is less attributed to choice and more to circumstance, Pineau explained. “One hundred per cent of electricity in Quebec is from renewable resources,” he said. “Also, Quebecers are less rich than other Canadians, meaning they consume less energy, have less cars.” But the automobiles Quebecers do drive are increasingly gas-guzzling, according to the report.”
Also, “Moreover, on a per capita basis, Quebecers consume significantly more energy than the global average, as well as citizens in countries such as China and Germany — and almost as much as people in the United States.”
Given these facts, it’s absurd for the Quebec Premier to reject pipelines from Alberta.
And yet, absurdity is at the core of the ‘equalization’ system. The Quebec government is able to block pipelines from Alberta and denigrate Alberta oil as ‘dirty,’ while simultaneously being able to force Alberta to give up billions of dollars every year to enrich that very same government that’s hurting Alberta.
The more the hypocrisy of the Quebec government is exposed, the more Canadians, and Western Canadians in particularly, will question why we allow the federal government and Quebec government to perpetuate such an injustice.
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