Trudeau More Dangerous to Heritage than Harper?

Trudeau, More Dangerous to Environment than Harper?

By Damien Gillis | 02 Dec 2016

Sometimes it’s no fun being right. Case in point: Three-and-a-half years ago I wrote a piece titled “Why Justin Trudeau may be more dangerous than Harper.”

Flash forward to today, and barely a year into his reign Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is batting almost a thousand when it comes to approving controversial energy projects, from liquefied natural gas plants in Squamish and Prince Rupert to permits for the Site C dam — and now Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3.

In that 2013 editorial, my main concern about the new Liberal leader was that his energy and trade policies were nearly identical to those of former prime minister Stephen Harper — they just looked and sounded better coming from Canada’s prodigal son.

Moreover, I already had the sense Trudeau wasn’t guided by a clear set of values, making him vulnerable to persuasive political advisors and powerful lobbies. With Harper, I noted three years ago, at least we had “a sense that his zeal for expanding Canada’s fossil fuel industries through foreign ownership is something in which he believes on a deep, ideological level.” With Harper, you knew exactly what you were getting — he loathed environmentalists and didn’t care much for “radical” First Nations either….

Read the rest of this article at The Tyee:

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2016/12/02/Trudeau-Dangerous-to-the-Environment/

Five Myths Rehashed in Kinder Morgan Pipeline Approval

Five Myths Trudeau Rehashed in Kinder Morgan Pipeline Approval

By Carol Linnitt | 02 Dec 2016

Most Canadians weren’t surprised to hear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approve the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline this week.

Yet Trudeau’s announcement was so thoroughly cut through with political spin and misinformation some have described it as “Orwellian.”

So where did the Prime Minister rank highest on the spin-master index?

Here are our top five myth and misinformation moments from Trudeau’s Kinder Morgan announcement:

>>Kinder Morgan Pipeline Approval Based on ‘Science’
>>Kinder Morgan Pipeline and Tankers ‘Safe’ for B.C. Coast
>>Kinder Morgan Pipeline a Part of Canada’s Climate Plan
>>Pipeline Will Help Usher in Clean Energy Transition
>>Pipeline Approval Doesn’t Violate Indigenous Rights

Read the rest of this article at DeSmog Canada:

https://www.desmog.ca/2016/12/02/five-myths-trudeau-rehashed-kinder-morgan-pipeline-approval

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Approval Insults Democracy and Economic Logic

Kinder Morgan Approval Insults Democracy, Science and Economic Logic

By Andrew Nikiforuk | 30 Nov 2016

By approving the Kinder Morgan pipeline, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has undermined democracy, ignored science, trashed all economic logic and put his government on a collision course with First Nations and British Columbia’s coastal communities.

Although the prime minister claimed that his decision was “based on rigorous debate on science and on evidence,” the approval remains, say economic and petroleum experts, an irrational political decision that sacrifices the best economic and environment interests of the country.

Let’s begin with the insult to democracy.

From the beginning, countless citizens identified the National Energy Board review process that approved the controversial $6.8-billion pipeline earlier this year as a travesty, unjust or a sham.…

Read the rest of this article at The Tyee:

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2016/11/30/Kinder-Morgan-Insults-Logic/