Charles Adler (via Bourque) reports his shock at hearing Liberal Natural Resources critic Mark Holland explain what the Liberal government would do about the Alberta oilsands if elected:
If Ajax Pickering MP Mark Holland was telling the truth today on Adler on Line, Canadians ought to be very frightened. When I pressed Holland to get beyond the plattitudes about how sincere Mr Dion is about his love of the environment, the Liberal MP blew my audience away. His rhetoric indicated that a Dion government would get into the face of Canada’s energy producers.
Little doubt was left in the mind of observers that the Holland/Dion strategy was to be as confrontational as possible with Alberta voters and their provincial government.
Holland said a Liberal government would manage Alberta resources responsibly. He said, “We need to stabilize the oils sands. We are not going to allow companies to exploit that resource, to pump it out as fast as you can and give it to the Americans and blow out our emissions targets.”
When I confronted Mr. Holland about serious job losses that would surely be the result of this kind of federal government policy, he talked about a British study that said short term pain was needed in the interests of dealing with climate change. This was necessary, said Mr. Holland, to prevent longer term economic pain.
That is, “short term pain” for Alberta (which is to say, destroy its economy) for “longer term economic” gain, meaning Ontario profits.
Meanwhile, Alberta separatists must be very happy.