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Since Jason Kenney first announced his intention to run for the PC leadership, former PC cabinet minister and Edmonton Castle Downs MLA Thomas Lukaszuk, 47, has dogged his every step, with a relentless sniping campaign on Twitter and during his periodic appearances on TV and radio.
Lukaszuk, 47, the flaxen-haired Polish immigrant and liberal Catholic, has, since losing his seat in 2015, done a lot of cuddling up to gays, transsexuals, and other darlings of the left in an apparent attempt to burnish his progressive bona fides and better arm himself for combat with the conservative Catholic Kennosaur, whom he accuses of having hi-jacked the centre-right party he knew and loved, and whom, somewhere down the road, we can imagine Lukaszuk taking on politically.
The thrust of Lukaszuk’s air campaign has been to portray Kenney as one of those “scary” social conservatives…
A tip to energy investors: don’t dump those rail stocks just yet. Donald Trump’s approval of the presidential permit for the 830K-barrel-day, US$8B Keystone XL pipeline in Washington on Friday, flanked by a happy Russ Girling, CEO of TransCanada Corp., may improve the prospects for Alberta oil sales and prices, but as with November’s “federal approval” of Kinder Morgan’s Trans-Mountain pipeline, many’s the slip twixt cup and lip.
Both pipes face legal challenges, some sourced by the same organizations (e.g. the Sierra Club, Greenpeace), that could delay the construction start dates well beyond the companies’ optimistic projections of September for the Trans-Mountain and December for the KXL—though in Trump’s America, the chances of Keystone proceeding on schedule are perhaps slight better than those for the Trans-Mountain in Canada, where a dozen actions have been commenced in federal court and Alberta has applied for intervenor status.
Premier Rachel Notley, unable to attribute the Keystone permit to the “social license” from her Climate Leadership Plan as she had with Trans Mountain and Line 3, expressed muted enthusiasm for Trump’s Keystone approval. This, after all, is the same pipeline that, during an election campaign two short years ago, she opposed…