If Harper says that he will not take no for an answer from the U.S. on Keystone — a project over its future he ultimately has no real control — should one not conclude that he will also not accept that provinces such as British Columbia, Quebec or Ontario throw roadblocks in the way on the pipelines that are on the drawing board to bring Alberta’s oil to the East and West coasts? In those cases the Prime Minister actually has the power to walk his talk.
Chantal's a smart lady, but she doesn't understand the ROC so well, and less and less as you go farther West. If Harper's remarks are supposed to be a threat aimed at B.C. should they resist the construction of Northern Gateway and Trans Mountain, then he will have something between riots and a civil war on his hands if he tries to follow-up. Going East, I'm not so sure. These projects seem to be re-purposing existing pipe-line rather digging new ditches. But threats out of Albertans will do the opposite than pave the way for them.