Energy East: Two down, but look who’s still standing

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

It was all euphoria in June 2013. Paul Browning, president and CEO of Irving Oil, left, smiled smugly, as Alberta Premier Alison Redford and former New Brunswick Premier David Alward, right, toured the Irving Canaport Marine Terminal in Saint John, N.B. The deepwater port is a proposed Eastern terminus of TransCanada Corp.’s Energy East pipeline, through which Alberta crude oil would be exported to Europe and such countries as Germany. The Conservative premiers and the media tried to sell it as a “nation building” project. The National Post declared in a headline, “New Brunswick’s premier has become the public face of the West-East pipeline” (April 18, 2013). Redford resigned on March 23, 2014 in the midst of deepening political and economic crisis in that province. Alward was defeated in a provincial election on September 22, 2014. Alward based his entire re-election campaign on the need to embrace the pipeline and the shale gas industry under the pretext of “creating jobs”. Some analysts say the energy and financial oligarchs decided to change horses, citing the Irving’s traditional connections to the Liberal party. | THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

 

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