Yesterday, NDP leader Rachel Notley claimed her party has been “relentless” in fighting for pipelines. Rachel Notley and the NDP can’t hide from their own record, including their record while in government.
Let’s review the NDP record (note: in the interest of brevity, this is an abridged list).
Rachel Notley opposed Keystone XL, answering “we’re against it” when asked during the 2015 election (CBC Radio, May 2, 2015). What’s more, upon becoming Premier, Notley ordered Alberta’s representative in Washington, D.C. to abandon efforts to push for Keystone XL in the US Capitol.
As with Keystone XL, Rachel Notley was opposed to Northern Gateway. When asked by the Calgary Herald’s Don Braid “So you would not endorse or press for approval of Northern Gateway were you the Premier?” Notley answered “I don’t think there’s any point to it.” Later, when Justin Trudeau killed Northern Gateway, Notley was silent.
When Justin Trudeau used National Energy Board (NEB) changes to scuttle Energy East, Rachel Notley was muted in criticism responding with a timid news release. What’s more, Notley has not objected to Justin Trudeau’s intrusion of provincial jurisdiction into upstream emissions. Like Trudeau, Notley has repeatedly tried to spin the death of Energy East as a commercial decision unrelated to government policy.
Rachel Notley abandoned the BC wine ban after just a month, and mocked and ridiculed Jason Kenney’s idea of turning off the taps to BC should the BC NDP insist on blocking pipelines. When Rachel Notley met with her old friend John Horgan in Vancouver in 2016, Horgan said that Notley made no effort to push him on Trans Mountain: “She had no intention of persuading.” Albertans of course don’t need to be reminded that not an inch of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is in the ground today.
For over 200 days, the Alberta NDP was silent on Justin Trudeau’s ‘No More Pipelines’ Law (C-69), including voting against a UCP motion to fight Trudeau’s bill. Even today, Notley won’t call for C-69 to be scrapped outright.
Shannon Phillips, Rachel Notley’s handpicked environment minister, personally protested Northern Gateway in BC in 2013, and Notley education minister David Eggen shouted “no more approvals” on the steps of the legislature.
In 2016, Rachel Notley appointed notable anti-oil & gas activist Tzeporah Berman co-chair of the Alberta Government’s ‘Oil Sands Advisory Group,’ despite Berman’s extremely clear record. To this day, Notley has refused to express any regret for Berman’s appointment, even as Berman was personally attending Trans Mountain blockades.
Years later, Notley would show that she didn’t learn from the Berman debacle by appointing former Pembina Institute executive director Ed Whittingham to the Alberta Energy Regulator. While heading Pembina, Whittingham accepted millions of dollars from US foundations to attack Alberta’s oil & gas workers.