“Keep It In The Ground” – The NDP’s Not-So-Hidden Agenda

It’s been a while since I’ve written on my personal blog. I’ve been focusing over these past few months on the Calgary-Foothills byelection campaign and the federal campaign along with my writing for Poletical. This post, however, seemed more appropriate to me for this personal blog, and so here we are.

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Tom Mulcair has attempted to frame his party as one that is pro-development. Unfortunately for Mr. Mulcair, his own candidates have blown this perception to smithereens. Mulcair’s “star candidate” in Toronto-Centre, Linda McQuaig opted to explain on CBC’s Power and Politics that she believes oil sands should “stay in the ground” to meet climate change targets. Whether or not you believe in the existence of man-made climate change, this is a big blunder considering her leader’s “pro-development” claims. This Power and Politics quote led a number of Conservative “citizen journalists” (myself included) to embark on a search for other anti-oil NDP candidates, and we weren’t shocked by what we discovered. From Vancouver Centre’s Constance Barnes, to Edmonton-Strathcona’s Linda Duncan, to Churchill-Keewatinook’s Niki Ashton, all the way out to Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou’s Romeo Saganash, it appears that the vast majority of federal NDP candidates strongly oppose oil development, not only in Alberta’s oil sands, but anywhere in Canada.

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What was Ashton even trying to say here?

 Alberta’s oil sands alone directly provide over 100,000 jobs to Canadians. Downstream, they produce even more. From your average gas station attendant, to long haul truckers, to the pilots and flight attendants who transport workers from all over the country to the Athabasca oil sands region, the jobs created by the oil sands are very far reaching. Because of this, the economic impact of the oil sands goes way beyond the royalties and corporate taxes generated by their operation. With all of this in mind, any candidate from any party who opposes Canadian oil development simply doesn’t have the best interests of their constituents in mind.

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Vancouver-Quadra candidate Scott Andrews has a number of tweets similar to this.
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Edmonton-Strathcona has many residents who work in oil and gas. To Linda Duncan, ideology is more important than their jobs.
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Saskatchewan’s economy has become one of the strongest in Canada. Unemployment has consistently been the lowest in Canada. Cypress Hills-Grasslands candidate Trevor Peterson doesn’t care.

One of the claims most often repeated by NDP candidates is that Canada’s oil is “dirty”, but this simply isn’t true. On a global scale, the Athabasca Oil Sands produce only 0.15% of annual global GHG’s. That’s a fraction of what the auto sector, almost entirely staffed by unionized workers, produces. Oddly enough, we never see the NDP propose shutting down the auto industry. The Canadian oil sands are also a much cleaner (not to mention more ethical) alternative to Middle Eastern or African oil. The best case scenario for Canadians is to increase oil production and build a pipeline to Eastern Canada, as this can eliminate Eastern Canada’s reliance on dirty, unethical imported Middle Eastern oil. The Energy East Pipeline has been proposed by TransCanada, and Tom Mulcair has claimed that the NDP supports this pipeline. Again, this claim has been debunked by a number of NDP candidates, including Mulcair himself. In the August edition of French-language magazine L’actualité, Mulcair stated “we are against that pipeline” when asked about Energy East. It seems that Thomas Mulcair is more interested in protecting Middle Eastern wealth than he is in creating Canadian jobs or ending our reliance on imported oil. He’s not the only one.

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The Barrie-Innisfil Riding Association and candidate Myrna Clark have both expressed strong opposition to the Energy East Pipeline.
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Kanata – Carleton NDP candidate John Hansen fearmongers with cries of “disaster” in his opposition to Energy East.
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North Okanagan-Shuswap NDP candidate Jacquie Gingras is one of the most extreme anti-oil NDP candidates. She’s been joined by Alberta NDP MLA’s Lori Sigurdson and Shaye Anderson for her campaign. More opposition to Energy East.

Ultimately, there is only one party that Canadians can rely on to develop the oil sands, create jobs, and eliminate Canada’s reliance on foreign oil, and that is Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party of Canada. A vote for the NDP is a vote against Canadian jobs. This blog wasn’t so much about my own writing as it was about exposing NDP candidates for what they are. The NDP is bad news for Canadians. While the CBC and the rest of the mainstream media hides this reality, citizen journalists are unafraid to expose the truth about these extremists. On October 19, vote for the economy, Canadian jobs and Canadian oil over imported oil. Vote Conservative.

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Edmonton-Manning NDP candidate Aaron Paquette doesn’t just oppose the oil sands that employ many of the people he hopes to represent; he absolutely hates the oil sands and wants them shut down.
Photo 2015-08-09, 22 57 36North Vancouver NDP candidate Carleen Thomas is absolutely fanatical in her opposition to Albertan oil.
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Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP candidate Nathan Cullen frequently hosts anti-oil events despite the local First Nation’s strong support for development and reliance on the resource industry to create jobs.

As always, I can be contacted by email at tnorrisyeg@gmail.com, or on Twitter at @TNorrisYEG.

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