Special petro-pundit edition: “Grand bargain”

Trudeau himself has linked the building of a pipeline with the implementation of a carbon price in Alberta, and the Trudeau government’s purchase of the project might be viewed as part of that grand bargain.
–Aaron Wherry, CBC News, June 2.

And for Mr. Trudeau, his grand bargain on energy and environment was at stake…
–Campbell Clark, Globe and Mail, May 29.

Ottawa’s grand bargain is still alive but could yet unravel in the face of hostility from the provincial government in B.C. (to the pipeline) and from potential new governments in Ontario and Alberta (to the carbon tax).
–John Ivison, National Post, May 29.

The Prime Minister has always insisted his whole climate-change policy hinges on it, too – his formula was a grand bargain to both get resources to market and take action on emissions.
–Campbell Clark, Globe and Mail, May 17.

Capping emissions from the oil sands and putting a national price on carbon while approving a pipeline to maximize the value of the oil is a quintessential Canadian compromise. A grand bargain that attempts to navigate the tricky waters of our confederation so that the result is positive for the environment and positive for the economy.
–Terry Lake, Vancouver Sun, May 15.

Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley exacerbated the problem when they naively proposed a grand bargain doomed to fail — impose a costly carbon tax in exchange for the social licence to construct Trans Mountain.
Joe Oliver, Toronto Sun, May 8.

The federal government’s grand bargain was carbon pricing to help the environment, and a new pipeline to help the economy till this country can become greener.
–Eric Sorenson, Global News, Apr. 29.

The Liberals, having already killed the Northern Gateway pipeline, watched Energy East die and their grand bargain with Notley rested solely with the Trans Mountain project.
–Tim Harper, Toronto Star, Apr. 10.

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna sounded rattled last weekend when she urged progressive voters to get behind Ottawa’s grand bargain or watch the climate change plan blow up.
–John Ivison, National Post, Mar. 29.

Not so long ago, Justin Trudeau’s energy strategy looked so simple. It rested on a Grand Bargain. Canada would build a pipeline or two, and the citizens would do penance in the form of carbon taxes that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Everybody –environmentalists, the oil industry and right-thinking Canadians – would be happy….It’s hard to see how Mr. Trudeau will impose his grand bargain on the provinces if Alberta and Ontario are in open revolt. – Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail, Mar. 19.

For nearly four years, Canada’s oil and gas sector has [refrained] from being too adversarial while waiting for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to deliver on his grand bargain — pipeline approvals for a climate change plan that could constrain its future growth.
–Claudia Cattaneo, Financial Post, Feb. 26.

WINNER Globe and Mail: 3 (Campbell Clark 2)

RUNNERS-UP: National Post: 2 (John Ivison 2); CBC News 2

DISHONOURABLE MENTION: Peggy Wente, twofer!

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3 comments on “Special petro-pundit edition: “Grand bargain”
  1. OJM says:

    One thinks of some new strain of syphilis, rapidly infecting working-girls in a red-light district.

  2. Nete Peedham says:

    Whatinhell does that ditzy yank, Margaret Wente, know about “right-thinking Canadians”?

    Whenever some conservative starts to bitch about undesireable immigrants, her name comes to mind…along with that of Barbara Ameil Black.

  3. wolfkir says:

    Buying a $500 million pipeline for $4,500 million is a grand bargain for the sellers. An 800% porfit. The Texans have proved once again that they are the masters of political manipulation.

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