Wildrose leader Jean attacks Notley for “showboating” over pipelines



Showboating. To seek attention by ostentatious behaviour. To show off.

This is what Wildrose leader Brian Jean says Premier Notley is doing.

He says Notley is “showboating” by taking credit where credit isn’t due when it comes to the Trudeau government signing off on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and another pipeline project by Enbridge.

He says the premier is “showboating” to deflect attention away from her decision to raise the carbon tax higher then her own plan, to be in line with federal designs once the Kinder Morgan pipeline is supposed to be operating.

Jean points to a parallel with the children’s tale The Little Red Hen.

The Wildrose leader recounts how the little red hen wanted help to plant seeds, cut the wheat after it grew, take it to the flour mill, pick it up and bake the bread.

No one helped but when the bread was ready everybody wanted a piece. They didn’t get one because they didn’t work for it.

“That’s sort of the moral of the story for Rachel Notley. Since she didn’t do any of the hard work to get the action done why would she take credit for it?”

“This standing up and getting applause and saying: Look at me. We don’t even have a shovel in the ground.”

“Even the Little Red Hen knows the bread doesn’t come out of the oven miraculously.”

“In my opinion all Rachel Notley has done is show up and the bread is ready to come out of the oven. Right time, right place, after decades of work by a lot of people.”

Jean continues.

“Why did she go see Trudeau in Ottawa? Well, it wasn’t to negotiate something that’s already happening. It was to stand up and say: Look at me, I made these pipelines happen.”

That’s not true.”

The official opposition leadership says there’s a reason for what he sees as Notley’s “showboating.”

“She’s trying to change the channel. She’s doing that to put a smokescreen up, showboat to take our eyes off the $50 a tonne carbon tax.”

Canada’s carbon tax will be $30 a tonne by 2018 and it will now go up to $40 a tonne in 2021 and $50 a tonne in 2022.

Jean wants Notley to step back from the carbon tax saying it would send a great signal to the marketplace.

On the airwaves in Calgary Thursday, Notley goes after the opposition.

“We’ve got opposition here in Canada that genuinely appears to be almost sort of rubbing its hands in glee at the opposition that may appear in B.C,” says the premier.

“I suppose, you know, it’s the opposition’s job to oppose.”

“But I frankly think people need to look past their short-term political interests at the long-term gains, not just for this province but for the country.”

Jean says he wants pipelines. He loves pipelines — the more, the merrier. He adds it’s “ridiculous” and “rubbish” for anyone to think he wants any pipeline plans to fail.

“But the NDP are spiking the football before we even get in the end zone. We need shovels in the ground. That’s the real issue here.”

In the legislature’s question period, Jean once again goes after Notley on the carbon tax.

Notley accuses the opposition of playing “partisan games” and says Canadans who are struggling financially will get rebates so they won’t feel the effects of the tax.

She also says in the long run the tax will be “an economy-building measure” and “Canada families will benefit as a result.”

The Notley NDP have had one hell of a week. No doubt about it. There will be other weeks but this week they owned the stage.

Will it last? Will the Notley NDP see a rebound in popularity, a spike in the polls because of the pipeline story.

Jean says he isn’t worried.

“She might get a point or two in the polls but I don’t think it’s going to last for more than a month.”



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