Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Northern Gateway: Welcome To Our Next National Unity Crisis
Depending how hard The Feds and Alberta push, it could get very ugly. "The West" fragmented; B.C. NEP-ed; West-Coat independence movements galore; The ROC forced to choose between beautiful B.C. and Alberta sludge miners. I suspect that the Harper government won't push too hard, but they are betting the eventual construction date is so far beyond 2015 that this decision won't cost them. I think it will, out in B.C. especially if the folks out there can swing a (non-binding) referendum. You betcha this will be top-line news on election day 2015. And Den Tandt is a kook if he thinks this decision will work to Harper's advantage in Ontario. The polls out here side with B.C. over Alta. about three-to-one, and I doubt Jim Prentice has the rhetorical skills to change that ratio much.