Nice try, but dam­age is done

Montreal Gazette - - OPINION -

Re: “Que­bec, Al­berta are part­ners, not ad­ver­saries;” (Opinion, Oct. 24)

Some mem­bers of the Que­bec po­lit­i­cal class are try­ing to distance them­selves from their op­po­si­tion to En­ergy East and the ob­vi­ous im­pact it had on Tran­sCanada’s de­ci­sion to with­draw from the pipe­line project.

It seems they have con­vinced them­selves that if they re­peat it enough — “It was a busi­ness de­ci­sion, not a re­sponse to our re­sis­tance” — they will feel bet­ter about this dis­as­trous out­come for Canada’s econ­omy.

Well, they’re right about the busi­ness de­ci­sion. Faced with this re­sis­tance against en­ergy in­fras­truc­ture projects, en­ergy com­pa­nies are spend­ing bil­lions on as­sets in the in­vest­ment-friendly coun­try to the south.

So while op­po­nents try to save face and seek rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, they should think long and hard about why they need to be part of this eco­nomic part­ner­ship we call Canada.

For too long, too many have said to them­selves that Al­ber­tans are ex­pend­able. Brian Stratichuk,

Lac La Biche, Alta.

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