EDITORIAL – Buying Trans Mountain is a gutsy move, but the wrong one

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Image: CPAC)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THE BAD NEWS is that we’re in for $4.5 billion plus probably a bunch more.

The good news is…. Well, there isn’t any.

Tuesday’s revelation that the feds will buy — on our behalf — the Trans Mountain pipeline system from Kinder Morgan doesn’t seem to have changed anybody’s mind about anything.

The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce loves the idea, so does Premier Rachel Notley, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation hates it, and for Premier John Horgan it’s business as usual.

I have to commend Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his guts in trying to resolve the impasse. When you’re already in debt up to your armpits, jumping in up to your eyeballs is nothing short of courageous.

It’s decisive, it’s clear, it’s bold. Too bad it’s the wrong move.

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2 Comments on EDITORIAL – Buying Trans Mountain is a gutsy move, but the wrong one

  1. Ottawa has gone to pot…

  2. Grouchy 1 // May 30, 2018 at 8:54 AM // Reply

    The Liberals just proved that they can be suckered easily. All KM had to do was pick up their marbles , and threaten to go home. The Liberals panicked , and started throwing our money at them. KM knew that they were going to lose their shirts on this pipe line, and they were able to bamboozle the Liberals into buying a pig in the poke from them. Shameful.

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