Singh not ready for prime time
A couple of statements this week by Jagmeet Singh indicate the national NDP leader has very little real grasp on energy or environmental issues.
Of course, Singh believes all the fashionable things. He’s in love with the idea of a carbon-free economy and convinced alternate energy can easily replace fossil fuels (all that’s missing is billions in your tax dollars and ours). And, if government were merely given a bigger role in directing the economy, Canada would soon become a “green” nirvana.
At mid-week, Singh told CBC he had a solution to the Liberals’ Saudi problem – just import more oil from some other country.
Well, isn’t that a clever idea.
What’s wrong with Canadian oil?
We have the thirdlargest proven oil reserves in the world, behind only the Saudis and the Venezuelans. We have more than enough oil to be selfsufficient, to replace all 700,000 to 800,000 barrels a day we import from other nations.
All we need is some way (like a couple of pipelines) to get our oil to those parts of the country that are dependent on the foreign stuff.
But Singh is opposed to pipelines because they contribute to climate change.
Huh!? He’s not okay with pipelines or Canadian oil, but he is okay with more foreign oil – even, presumably, foreign oil from countries with poor human rights or environmental records.
No to Canadian jobs. No to Canadian small businesses. Yes to supporting, say, the Nigerian regime with its widespread corruption and its record of arbitrary arrests, torture, death squads and disappearances of opposition politicians.
How, on earth, does that make any sense?
Then on Thursday, after announcing he would run in a byelection in Burnaby South when one is called, Singh told the newspaper Burnaby Now that he was opposed to the federal government buying the Trans Mountain pipeline.
Okay, no biggie. We’re opposed to the feds buying up Kinder Morgan’s Canadian operations, too. If Ottawa had just gotten tough with the B.C. provincial government and stopped its obstructionism, the company would have built the pipeline without any taxpayer help.
But that wasn’t Singh’s reasoning. Singh said the federal government doesn’t need to be “spending public dollars on a 65-year-old leaky pipeline.” Leaky!?
The NDP boss can say what he wants about the wisdom of governments buying pipelines, but calling Trans Mountain leaky is simply misinformed – shockingly misinformed for the leader of a national party. Trans Mountain has been shipping nearly 300,000 barrels a day of Alberta oil to the West Coast without major incident since 1953. Leaky, it ain’t. What Singh really believes is that Trans Mountain isn’t needed. What is needed, is billions of dollars in public spending on renewable energy. But that approach has been tried in Europe (nearly $300 billion) and Ontario (over $50 billion) without producing the economic spinoffs, the jobs or the environmental benefits supporters had predicted.
What makes Singh think things would be different if he were in charge?
Singh remarks are proof he’s not ready for prime time.