Me Too – Over Priced Pipelines

Why an 18-year-old groping allegation against Justin Trudeau is not a #MeToo moment

The Prime Minister’s Office says Trudeau does not recall any ‘negative interactions’ during his visit to a music festival in Creston, B.C., in 2000

One day in August 2000, Valerie Bourne — at the time the publisher of the Creston Valley Advance, a small community newspaper in British Columbia’s southern interior — received a visit in her office from one of the newsroom’s two reporters.

The reporter, a woman in her early 20s whom Bourne later described as having an “awesome work ethic” and a “heart of gold,” told her publisher about an unsettling encounter she said she’d had with Justin Trudeau. Not yet involved in politics, the then-28-year-old Trudeau had come to Creston to attend a music festival raising funds to build a backcountry lodge in honour of his late brother

Trudeau and #MeToo double standard
Quiz time.

A little over six months ago, who said: “Sexual harassment is a systemic problem and when women speak up, we have a responsibility to listen to them and to believe them.”

And who also said: “Obviously my thoughts turn immediately to the women who came forward knowing how difficult it is, it can be, to salute them for their courage and their leadership and certainly hope that their example will resonate and that the support of their friends, their families, and the community at large remains with them.”

None other than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, of course. He made those remarks around the time when anonymous individuals had added their voices to the #MeToo movement by accusing former Ontario Conservative leader Patrick Brown of assorted improprieties. Trudeau’s comments came just before he removed Calgary MP Kent Hehr from cabinet based on decade-old accusations of similar improprieties.

Kinder Morgan just told its shareholders how it persuaded the Trudeau government to pay billions for a pipeline no one else wanted to buy

The Trudeau government made financial overtures to Texas energy giant Kinder Morgan more than a month before the pipeline operator issued an ultimatum that drove Ottawa to offer billions to take over the troubled Trans Mountain project, according to a new document released by the company this week.

These previously secret overtures began even though the government had made it clear, during its early negotiations with the Texas multinational, that it didn’t want to buy the pipeline and oil tanker expansion project, says the document, a proxy for shareholders that was filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday.

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