During last night’s debate, NDP leader Rachel Notley again denied any responsibility for the failure of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, and tried to claim that the Federal Court of Appeal is why the project didn’t go ahead.
This is all demonstrably false. Here are the facts:
- Rachel Notley and the NDP opposed the Northern Gateway pipeline from day one. She specifically told the Calgary Herald’s editorial board in an April 2015 meeting that she wouldn’t fight for the pipeline, saying “I don’t think there’s any point to it.” (SOURCE). Note that this was well before any Federal Court of Appeal decision.
- Justin Trudeau committed to scrapping the project. On the day the former federal Conservative government approved the project, he announced that he’d stop the 525,000 barrel per day pipeline. (SOURCE)
- Under questioning in the Legislature by Jason Kenney, NDP leader Rachel Notley admitted that they only asked the Trudeau Liberal government for approval of one (singular) coastal pipeline project. (SOURCE)
- NDP leader Rachel Notley was in Ottawa, meeting with Justin Trudeau on the day that he vetoed the Northern Gateway pipeline, November 29, 2016. (SOURCE). Rachel Notley did not speak out after the decision to cancel Northern Gateway was announced.
The bottom line: Alberta needed a government that would fight for this project. Instead, Alberta had an NDP government that let the Trudeau Liberal government scrap the project.
According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers last November, “If Northern Gateway had come on as planned, we wouldn’t be in this situation,” referring to the oil price differential situation (SOURCE).