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Cautious praise, but praise where praise is due

March 2018

Although I’m a conservative, I have no problem criticizing conservatives and praising liberals when each deserve it, unlike most progressives who seem to have such a hatred for anything or anyone right-of-centre, they are blinded by their own partisan biases.

In this case, I would like to praise Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

How many progressives would complement former Prime Minister Stephen Harper or even U.S. President Donald Trump?  Believe it or not, but both Harper and Trump have done good things for their respective countries.

At a recent penal discussion at the University of Calgary, Justin met with the television presenter and stand-up comedian known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, who is really a mechanical engineer but presents himself as a scientist and environmentalist.  In their discussion, Nye asked Justin about his support for the Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion

Justin agreed with the great potential for Canada to develop renewable power sources, but added that Canada will continue to use fossil fuels for foreseeable future and will still need to get our stocks to international markets in a safe and environmentally friendly way, including by pipelines.

“We are going to have a transition phase while we develop alternatives to fossil fuels,” Trudeau explained.  So while we are developing those alternatives … we still need to be able to power our homes, our cars, our economy.”

I’m giving an approval, although a cautious approval, to Justin’s support for fossil fuel usage and pipelines and a recognition that we are still going to be using fossil fuels for the foreseeable future, while awaiting the development of an economically viable and dependable alternate fuel source.

Now I said this is cautious approval because I’m not entirely convinced that Justin really wants either the Kinder Morgan or the Keystone XL pipelines as his government continually throws up new roadblocks through environmental assessments on top of the environmental assessments that have already concluded that these pipelines should be built.

The $15.7-billion Energy East and Eastern Mainline pipeline projects were canceled by energy company TransCanada due to the excessive roadblocks they encountered, something that could have been prevented if Justin truly believed in Canada’s energy sector and that pipelines are the best option we have to get our oil and natural gas to domestic and international markets.

So congratulations Justin on spelling it out to Bill Nye the fake Science Guy.  No don’t f*ck up any more pipeline applications.


Sources:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/bill-nye-trudeau-kidner-morgan-1.4564547, https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/transcanada-kills-controversial-energy-east-pipeline-project/article36498370/.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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