Justin Trudeau is reportedly under pressure from his Liberal MPs to reject Teck Resource Limited’s new Frontier Oil Sands Mine project in Alberta. This massive project would be in operation for over 40 years, bringing in thousands of jobs and significant wealth for Albertans as they look to reverse the province’s recent economic downturn. But despite these benefits, Liberals are apparently more interested in virtue-signalling on climate change and damaging their existing relationship with Western provinces.
The logic of anti-development Liberal MPs goes something like this: in order to combat climate change, we must oppose any development – regardless of economic benefit – in an attempt to obtain net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. While the tree-huggers among us may be sympathetic to this message, the facts show that not only will rejecting the project do nothing to meaningfully impact global climate change – the Liberals don’t sincerely believe it will either. Instead, by peddling climate alarmism, they are able to attract support from an environmental lobby who is eager to spend significant money in advertising attacking conservatives across the country at the expense of ordinary Albertans.