How many more resource ‘wake-up calls’ will our prime minister snooze through? | Diane Francis


Since Trudeau took over, $150 billion in capital and 200,000 jobs have left Canada because Liberals have made it impossible to build anything

Leaders are supposed to lead. Then there’s Canada.

The deputy prime minister said over the weekend that Teck Resource’s decision to pull the plug on a giant mega-project should be a “wake-up call” for Canadians. Apparently, the call was for the rest of us, not for the Liberal government who created the mess in the first place.

And to correct the record, this was not simply one “wake-up call” but followed dozens more since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took over in 2015. At least $150 billion in capital has left Canada, and as many as 200,000 jobs, because the Liberals have made it impossible to build infrastructure or resource projects or wealth here.

This is also not the last “wake-up call” either. More catastrophes await following this year’s calamities. The next victims, beset by government paralysis and Indigenous or eco-radical sabotage, will likely be: the $12-billion TMX pipeline; the $40-billion Kitimat LNG plant and $6.7-billion Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Undaunted by this or by dreadful polls, the prime minister accepts no responsibility or blame and his only solution is to launch a listening tour in order to ask Canadians what to do, and to give a speech at the world’s biggest mining conference, held in Toronto each year.

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Diane Francis – Financial Post – March 2, 2020.

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