If you want a look into the near future, look at Alberta, where Jason Kenny is in the process of setting up a "war room." Gillian Stewart writes:
Yes, a war room. He’s mentioned it several times over the past few months so apparently it’s not just a passing whim. He even envisions satellite war rooms that could reach around the world.
And what would be the purpose of such bunkers no doubt stacked with maps, computers, weaponized social media, and trigger happy troops? To attack environmental campaigners every time they utter something about Alberta oil, pipelines, carbon emissions, or oil pollution.
Because, as Kenney sees it, environmentalists have brought Alberta to its knees and he’s just not going to take it anymore.
You may believe that Justin Trudeau's carbon tax is not substantial enough to curb our reliance on fossil fuels. But Kenny is dedicated to the proposition that addiction to those fuels is in Alberta's best interest:
His war room, which would be paid for with taxpayers’ money “would respond in real time through paid and social media to all the lies told about Canada’s energy industry,” Kenney told a conference organized by Monte Solberg, one of his fellow cabinet members in the Harper government and partly sponsored by a grassroots group that is closely associated with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
Kenney’s intended targets include the David Suzuki Foundation, The Pembina Institute, Greenpeace, the U.S-based Tides Foundation, and even the Rockefeller Foundation. As far as he is concerned they are enemies of Canada’s energy industry and need to be subdued even if it takes taxpayers’ money to do it.
And that’s not all.
If he becomes premier, Kenney plans to encourage a prominent oil company to sue Greenpeace as Resolute Forest Products has in the U.S. to the tune of $300 million.
For Kenny environmentalists are the enemy:
As Kenney sees it, environmentalists have brought Alberta to its knees and he’s just not going to take it anymore.
According to Kenney, “with a highly successful, deliberate, well-organized and hugely well-funded campaign of defamation” environmentalists have managed to “land lock Canadian energy” and thereby cost Alberta and the rest of Canada billions of dollars.
This is, of course, a reference to the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline and nixed pipeline projects Northern Gateway and Energy East. All three would have shipped diluted bitumen from Alberta to coastal ports.
We're heading for our own civil war in Canada. You can see it just over the horizon.
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