October 28th, 2020

Trudeau isn’t to blame for Albertans’ troubles

By Letter to the Editor on December 17, 2019.

Albertans’ frustrations are understandable. The economy is in deep trouble, oil revenues have plummeted, some oil companies are moving south, oil workers are being laid off. However, is it legitimate to blame Trudeau for all our economic ills?

Prime Minister Trudeau has shown full understanding of the reality that economic health is imperative for the life of a nation. It is evident, not only from his words but also from his actions, that he is determined to build the Trans-Mountain pipeline. Trudeau’s commitment is reflected by the fact that he has gone to the extent of purchasing it to ensure that it does get built.

The judges of the Federal Court of Appeal are responsible for the delay in building the pipeline. Their ruling that Trudeau must conduct more consultations with the First Nations because the pipeline is going to traverse their jurisdiction left him with no choice but to comply. In a parliamentary democracy like Canada, three branches for government govern a nation: executive, legislative and judiciary. There is a dynamic and consequential relationship amongst the branches of a government. The legislative branch makes the laws, the executive branch administers the laws and the judiciary ensures that the other two branches do not break any constitutional or other laws. Even the prime minister is not above the law.

Albertans also believe that Trudeau is culpable for the downturn in Alberta’s economy. The fact is that the oil revenues are depressed because of low world oil prices. Trudeau does not dictate the world oil prices. Albertans are also aggrieved at Trudeau for the imposition of the carbon tax. It is sad that they are not taking the environmental crisis seriously. Once the greenhouse emissions reach a critical level, the global warming will be uncontrollable. An increasing number of prominent scientists have warned against indifference to the impending catastrophe. If we continue the insanity we will endanger the future of our children and grandchildren who will inherit an inhabitable planet.

To resolve the issues that arise in a nation from time to time, it is of utmost importance for the federal and provincial governments to co-operate, show mutual understanding and respect. Abusiveness and a show of anger toward Trudeau is counterproductive, divisive and does not provide any solution. The talk of separation is akin to “cutting your nose to spite your face.”

Ramma Sawhney


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ir trudeau could act as quickly ro the pipeline problem as he did to the snc lavalin rhe pipeline should have been completed, he has no reason or will to reduce his income from arab oil by havibg the pipeline built and has complete control of it now

Southern Albertan

With regard to being proactive, the ultra right wing AB Conservatives have known for many years, before Justin Trudeau’s time, that the fossil fuel sector would be a fading sector, and did nothing about it.
Former fiscal Conservative Premier Peter Lougheed sure did though and had his ‘Six Principles’ for resource development to prove it. The ‘Six Principles’ were: “Behave like an owner, Collect your fair share, Save for a rainy day, Go Slow, Add value and Practice statecraft.”
As we all should know, these ‘Six Principles’ were not followed by the 40 + years of financial bungling by subsequent AB Conservative politics.
Again, who did follow these ‘Six Principles’ was….Norway. They have $ 1 trillion + now in their sovereign trust fund courtesy of oil and gas revenue. Alberta, being part of a whole, might not have had $1 trillion in our Heritage Trust Fund, but we could have, at least, maybe had a paltry, few $100 billions.
Now, we have the Kenney UCP ultra right wing populist authoritarians doing their cutback thing and still, operating with deficits…no wonder they have a unpopular rating of 53% now. They’re counting on folks to have short memories in 3.5 years time. We shall see.


In what universe does the writer not believe that a lack of access to world markets for prairie oil is not a political problem. Consider the following. . Bills C 48 and C 69, ie. the west coast tanker ban and the so called no pipeline bill are direct results of the Trudeau government action, while in the east any amount of oil from dubious sources can be freely imported by Quebec and other eastern provinces. Trudeau has also stated on previous occasions that Quebecers are the natural candidates for running the country, not westerners. He has also stated that he believes in a slow death for the oilsands.
I shake my head at such lack of awareness.

Kal Itea

Outlook ‘brightened’ for Alberta oil production, Conference Board of Canada says


Naysayers take note.


“””Trudeau has also stated on previous occasions that Quebecers are the natural candidates for running the country, not westerners.”””

Could you provide a source for this?

“””He has also stated that he believes in a slow death for the oilsands.””

This one also, please.


remarks came to light Thursday afternoon, quickly followed with an all-out Conservative assault on Trudeau’s “anti-Alberta” sentiments.

The remarks in question come from an interview Trudeau did in Nov. 2010, with French-language interviewer Patrick Lagace, on a Tele-Quebec show called Les francs-tireurs.

He was explaining why he believed that Quebec would be stronger within Canada — stronger than it would be in fighting to be a separate country. But to make that point, he slammed Alberta’s dominance of the current Conservative government.

“Canada isn’t doing well right now because it’s Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda. It doesn’t work,” Trudeau said.

When Lagace asked whether Trudeau believed Canada was better off “when there are more Quebecers in charge than Albertans,” Trudeau replied in the affirmative.

“I’m a Liberal, so of course I think so, yes. Certainly when we look at the great prime ministers of the 20th century, those that really stood the test of time, they were MPs from Quebec … This country — Canada — it belongs to us.”



Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sparked anger and condemnation in Alberta on Friday when he said at a town hall in Ontario that the oil-sands industry needs to be “phased out” as the country transitions to a lower-carbon economy.

Meeting with people in Peterborough, Ont., Mr. Trudeau was asked about the government’s approval for oil-industry pipelines and how that decision was consistent with Canada’s pledge to dramatically reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The oil sands sector remains one of the country’s fastest-growing sources of GHGs.

While he reiterated his government’s support for pipelines and insisted economic development goes hand in hand with environmental protection, the Liberal Prime Minister suggested the oil sands sector is essentially a sunset industry that the government would eventually wind down.

Read more: Trudeau’s oil sands ‘phase-out’ comments spark anger in Alberta

“We can’t shut down the oil sands tomorrow. We need to phase them out,” he said. “We need to manage the transition off our dependence on fossil fuels.”

In the wake of that comment, social media erupted in a torrent of outrage, with conservative politicians in Alberta fuelling the fire by posting a short clip of his offending comment that edited out his support for pipeline projects.

Mr. Trudeau – who will hold a cabinet retreat in Calgary in 10 days – has sought to woo Albertans and distance himself from the legacy of his father, Pierre, who was long reviled in the province over his interventionist national energy program. The Prime Minister has long supported pipeline projects, and his government recently approved two controversial pipeline expansions that will add a million barrels a day of export capacity for 40 or more years.

But opponents contend the Liberals’ climate-change agenda – with its costly regulations and carbon pricing – is a threat to the health of a high-cost oil sands industry. And they have recently contrasted Mr. Trudeau’s agenda with the plan by president-elect Donald Trump to cut taxes and regulatory burdens on the U.S. oil companies with whom Canadian operators compete for markets and investment.

“The verdict is in. Prime Minister Trudeau has confirmed Albertans’ worst fears about his Liberal government and its plans for our energy sector,” Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean said in a release that included a link to a clip on Facebook of Mr. Trudeau’s statement.

“By vowing to ‘phase out’ the oil sands, Mr. Trudeau has declared his true feelings towards our province,

Published Jan 17 2017


“We can’t shut down the oil sands tomorrow. We need to phase them out,” he said. “We need to manage the transition off our dependence on fossil fuels.”

(he’s right by the way) Sounds a lot less worse than..

“”He has also stated that he believes in a slow death for the oilsands.””

Does it not? You’re just showing your bias and spite.
Nothing to see there.

As for the other comment, (he apologized for that comment 10 years ago),
I see no reason for Justin Trudeau to apologize for saying the country’s in bad shape because of Alberta politicians.


One needs to agree on definitions of good and bad, success and fail, to discuss constructively. It appears that poster H2o has nothing useful to do other than argue, a dim view of facts, and owns an ideology that flips good and bad, etc dependent on the actor. ie Trudy/regressives good, Harper/conservatives bad. Even if they do the same thing. Consequently one not to waste time on.


At least I don’t offer biased cut-and-paste responses when asked to offer sources.
It appears the poster Resolute offers nothing to the conversation.
Just another sulking CON.


Getting back to the letter, why do people still believe low world oil prices are Alberta’s woes? Where the price has sat for the last couple of years, most oil companies working in Alberta can easily profit at that price…if only they could get it were it not for the price differential. Bill C48,C69, and Liberal policies are killing that outlook.
Alberta being compared to Norway is another poor comment. Compare countries to countries. If Canada had a sound energy policy instead of scaring away investment, spending beyond our means, and inefficient governments, we could have had a $trillion in savings.


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