Be­ware cam­paign lightweigh­ts

Edmonton Sun - - COMMENT -

El­iz­a­beth May and Jag­meet Singh, if polls hold true, have no hope of mov­ing into the prime min­is­ter’s res­i­dence af­ter this elec­tion.

But that doesn’t mean that Al­ber­tans con­cerned about the fu­ture of our largest in­dus­try and the eco­nomic well­be­ing of the prov­ince shouldn’t be wary of the Green and NDP lead­ers.

In a lead­ers de­bate that scarcely touched on eco­nomic is­sues, and sure ig­nored the eco­nomic im­por­tance of Al­berta’s en­ergy in­dus­try, the two con­tenders for Third Party sta­tus sure made a point of ham­mer­ing Lib­eral Leader Justin Trudeau on his cli­mate plan.

Trudeau, in turn, was ham­mer­ing Scheer, and Al­berta Premier Jason Ken­ney, for Con­ser­va­tives’ ap­par­ent lack of con­cern on the en­vi­ron­ment file.

One thing that was raised, and this is where Al­berta should take note, was the Trans Moun­tain Pipe­line.

It was a cud­gel which Singh and

May used to beat Trudeau, a scar on his en­vi­ron­men­tal record.

Buy­ing the project, meant to help Al­berta oil ac­cess for­eign mar­kets, isn’t what a cli­mate leader does, they say.

So why should that con­cern Al­ber­tans? Well, given that the en­vi­ron­ment was when both Singh and May got their big­gest shots in at Trudeau, one won­ders what may hap­pen in the event of a mi­nor­ity par­lia­ment.

May was the most un­equiv­o­cal (though she and Singh are of like minds on the is­sue): “To avoid cat­a­strophic lev­els of global warm­ing, we must dou­ble our cur­rent tar­get, we must lis­ten to sci­ence, we must not build the Trans Moun­tain Pipe­line.”

While Trudeau’s gov­ern­ment hasn’t been the friendli­est to Al­berta, there was at least the pur­chase of a pipe­line and the prom­ise to get it built.

But we can be for­given for won­der­ing what hap­pens in the sce­nario where Trudeau is look­ing to some­one like May or Singh to keep his hold on power in par­lia­ment.

You could ex­pect that there would be pres­sure for the PM to take a stronger stand on the en­vi­ron­ment, and po­ten­tially quash the TMX.

While Trudeau has in the past talked about the project be­ing in the na­tional in­ter­est and pledg­ing it will be built, pledges are eas­ily bro­ken to main­tain power.

And, sadly, Al­berta is an easy tar­get.

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