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In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.
The cases for and against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion were heard by three justices of the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver during the last two weeks and now the waiting game begins. According to an observer from the Alberta Energy ministry, it will be four to six months before the court delivers a verdict on the legitimacy of the federal govt’s approval of a pipeline—a pipeline that, with the cancellation of the Energy East pipeline (Insight Oct. 7), represents the province’slast best hope of getting its oil to tidewater. Did the observer have a sense from the judges’ questions and comments as to which way they might be leaning? “I wouldn’t want to say.”
During the first week the court heard from the lawyers representing the appellants—i.e. those opposed to the pipeline, which include five Indian bands, led by the Tseil-Watuth Nation (formerly the Burrard Inlet Band); the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby; and two environmental groups: the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Living Oceans Society. The repondents are Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (the Canadian subsidiary of Kinder Morgan), the National Energy Board, and the Attorney General of Canada.
The appellants opposition rests on two main points…
This week’s Angus Reid poll on the United Conservative Party, its approval levels, and those of the three leadership candidates didn’t tell us anything the half dozen or more polls released since creation the UPC on July 22 haven’t already told us. But it provided Brian Jean (Fort McMurray-Conklin) with yet another opportunity to tout his biggest advantage over Jason Kenney: that he is the most popular of the UPC leaders among the general population and would win more seats for the party come the next election.
Referencing this and other polls during this week’s UPC leadership debate in Fort McMurray, Jean said he was the man to lead the party because…