5.07.2013

B.C.'s Christy Clark Does the Alberta-Bash Again

I will begin with the admission that I haven’t been following the British Columbia election campaign with any large degree of interest.  Given the multitude of issues at home with our own Alberta government, B.C. issues have been pretty much off my scope. However, recent comments by the two frontrunners have grabbed headlines. 

B.C. Liberal leader and current Premier Christy Clark continued her attempt to woo progressive voters by continuing to attack neighbouring Alberta, specifically our oilsands and related pipeline projects.

NDP leader Adrian Dix, trying to compete for the idiot vote, has put forth a range of proposals that, if implemented, would virtually segregate the B.C. economy from the rest of Canada.  No shock there, given the history of scatterbrained economic policies socialist Dippers of all levels of government have clung to.

In the case of Clark, her latest bout of verbal diarrhea follows last year’s stance that pitted her against Alberta Premier Alison Redford.  In what was essentially a list of demands (read: blackmail), Clark dealt with her situation of having to appease both her province’s large enviroNazi population with her province’s economic stability by appearing to be in favour of pipelines – but on her outrageous and Constitutionally questionable grounds.

From the average Albertan’s point of view, it was a no-win situation.  Clark was being an ass, but it was difficult to put faith in Redford.  Her own record on everything including defending Alberta’s interests is spotty at best, making her difficult to trust.

Now, facing losing poll numbers heading towards Election Day, Clark again has attempted to grow testicles with anti-Alberta remarks.  Maybe it will be effective, maybe not.  But surely Alberta-bashing is passé.  Quebec and other Eastern pseudo-elites rode that horse to death, haven’t they?

Those not blinded by ideology (or trying to cling to power) know the coast-to-coast benefits the Alberta oilsands afford the nation.  From associated industrial requirements to tax revenue, the oilsands are a major source of power for Canada’s economic engine. 

Quite simply, without the revenue from Canada’s oilsands industry, there would be little money to fund many of the social programs our little progressives hold so dear.

Realizing that, opponents such as Clark turn their scare tactics to the area of delivery methods.  Pipelines are the new Evil for the left, who once again ignore truth in favour of narrative.  Pipeline leaks are nasty, of course.  But they are also very rare, and are effectively cleared up relatively quickly.

Shipping oil by rail is potentially hazardous as well, yet you rarely – if ever – read of anti-rail protests.  Why?  Within a few days of each other last month, there was a minor pipeline leak and a rail derailment which caused an oil spill.  While environmental groups frenzied over the pipeline leak (breathlessly reported by several national media outlets), little was made of the potentially more ecologically damaging rail spill.  Why?

On a level of national consciousness, Alberta is linked to oil which is linked to environmental issues.  Directly, in the minds of British Columbians who consider themselves ‘environmentally friendly’, Alberta is enemy #1.  Christy Clark, swimming in her own political stew and grasping at straws, recognizes this and is trying to use it for her benefit.

So the choice for B.C. voters is between the anti-Alberta Clark and the anti-economy Dix.  Both are anti-common sense.

I’m glad I don’t have to make that choice.

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