When Premier Rachel Notley goes to British Columbia to try to convince voters and residents to embrace the Kinder Morgan Transmountain Pipeline decision, we should all be wishing her well. You don’t have to be a New Democrat voter or an NDP supporter to want the Premier to succeed in tamping down the opposition. If she succeeds, we all succeed.
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the approval of Enbridge’s Transmountain and Line 3 pipelines, more than a few people were quick to say they think it will never be built.
I know how it is: when you don’t like some things a government does you try to find fault with everything they do. But when the government makes a decision that benefits our economy, our workers, our provincial treasury and our investor confidence it deserves kudos.
No doubt it irks those of us on the conservative side of the spectrum that the federal Liberals and the provincial NDP may be able to get done a project that Conservative governments weren’t able to do. It also irks Conservatives who watched the Liberals and NDP both campaign to the extreme element in their respective parties to get elected now adopt a more pragmatic stance. More than a few of you have pointed out that Notley attended an anti-pipeline protest or two in her time in opposition and she may be part of the reason why the Conservatives had a tough time getting buy-in when they tried to get pipelines built.
But a funny thing happens when a party forms government. Regardless of how they campaign, they have to govern in the best interest of all of us. On the issue of pipelines, Notley has been a consistent and strong champion of getting them built. You may disagree with her carbon tax in exchange for social licence policy, but it worked.
We should be applauding her willingness to stand up against the detractors and we should be joining her in cheerleading this project all the way to when the first shovel hits the ground. And don’t worry – it doesn’t mean you have to vote for her next time.
My full interview with Premier Rachel Notley is below.