The Truth About Christy Clark’s Position on Pipelines, Tankers
From Common Sense Canadian contributor Kevin Logan comes this multimedia examination of where Premier Christy Clark and the BC Liberal Party really stand on proposed oil pipelines and tankers in BC.
Christy Clark and the BC Liberals have made a lot of bold claims about their position on pipelines proposed for British Columbia.
However, what they have neglected to tell British Columbians is that their government has entered into binding agreements that ensure the success of pipelines from Alberta to the BC Coast.
Everyone knows there has been a lot of politics surrounding pipeline developments in British Columbia, but very few are aware of the longstanding agreements, established by the BC Liberals, that ensure the success of the proposed pipelines and have thoroughly tied the hands of all BC Stakeholders leaving them with no capacity to actually impact the processes that will ensure the success of these developments.
The Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) and New West Partnership Agreement (NWPA) which it developed into absolutely confirm that no level of government in British Columbia can block pipeline development. Nor can they impede trade through the province or create any obstacle, whatsoever, that prevents pipelines from Alberta from reaching BC’s tidal waters. Doing so would result in fines of up to 5 million dollars per infraction.
The June 2010 “Equivalency Agreement”, done in secret by the BC Liberals with the Harper Conservative Government – and against the letter of the law – forfeits BC’s ability to review, assess and decide on these pipeline proposals which threaten to transform the province as we know it.
The video presents these documents, and exposes the BC Liberal election posturing on pipelines as hollow and meaningless. These concepts, backed by government documentation, have been published online and are readily available for anyone interested.
Yet Christy Clark has never publicly acknowledged their existence. More importantly, she has also positioned her party for re-election on claims that run counter to these indisputable facts.
In fact, the material contained in the above video proves that Christy Clark’s claims that she can block or prevent these pipeline proposals, based on her “tough NEW stance” and “5 conditions” is without merit, not based in reality and ignores the existence of these agreements of her government’s own making.
The video closes with live footage from the most recent Estimates debate for the Ministry of Energy, where the Minister of Everything, Rich Coleman, is on tape discussing his government’s “non-disclosure agreements” with the world’s largest oil companies.
This fact has gone unreported and exposes the bold hypocrisy of the BC Liberal campaign, which has had the audacity to broadly claim the BC NDP is “concealing” their position on these pipeline developments.
There is not one mainstream media report that covers the “non-disclosure agreements” the world’s largest oil and gas companies have with the BC Liberals, even though the minister responsible has made their existence known in the public debate contained in this video.
Stories on these topics (see below) have been published on the internet for over a year, yet no one has refuted them, and Christy Clark has never publicly acknowledged their existence.
They impact all British Columbians and are crucial to our future.
BC EAO/NEB Equivalency Agreement: http://www.neb-one.gc.ca/clf-nsi/rpblctn/ctsndrgltn/mmrndmndrstndng/bcnvrnmntlssssmntffc2010-eng.pdf
Question Period clips with Christy Clark supporting pipelines:
“Non-disclosure” Clip with Rich Coleman and John Horgan:
CKNW Leaders Debate Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq8UmbuuAaE
The Myth of Liberal “Neutrality” on Enbridge:
Cross Border Deals undermine Clark’s Tough New Stand on Enbridge:
Clark’s “Tough New Stand” not only meaningless but EPICly duplicitous:
Dix committed to revoking Equivalency Agreement:
Who exactly is misleading voters and withholding information on pipelines in BC?
Dix Plan would allow BC’ers to decide:
BC Not Ready to Tip its Hand on Gateway Project:
B.C. government rethinks pipeline-approval process:
BC Pipeline Review Needed to Restore Legal Powers:
BC Still has option to order a Provincial Environmental Assessment on Enbridge Pipeline:
BC has surrendered its sovereignty in pipelines hearings, analyst warns:
Clark Attacks Dix on Kiner Morgan position at Leaders Debate:
The work of Robyn Allan: http://www.robynallan.com/
BC Liberal You tube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/BCLiberals
NDP You tube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/BCNewDemocrats