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.”