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Episode 62: Maybe Keystone XL wasn’t a very good investment after all

In this episode of the Daveberta Podcast we discuss:

  • the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States and the future of the Alberta government’s $7 billion investment into the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  • the Kenney government’s response to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and Health Minister Tyler Shandro’s plans to lay-off 11,000 health support workers.
  • the Auditor General’s report and what it had to say about the Canadian Energy Centre.

We also take a deeper look at what Cypress-Medicine Hat UCP MLA Drew Barnes could be up to after he backed Edmonton-Ellerslie NDP MLA Rod Loyola’s motion to debate Canadian unity in the Alberta Legislature (Dave also nerds out about Alberta’s 1982 election, which took place 38 years to the day that Loyola introduced the motion).

And we dive into the mailbag to answer some great questions from our listeners.

The Daveberta Podcast is hosted by Dave Cournoyer and produced by Adam Rozenhart.

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One reply on “Episode 62: Maybe Keystone XL wasn’t a very good investment after all”

If this Keystone XL thing goes sideways, this could be very bad for the UCP. I suppose right now they are just hoping and praying it does not. However, it is getting close to faint hope – the US election results are in, it looks like Biden got more votes and he is trying to move ahead with the transition. Now, Keystone XL will probably not be the first thing on his to do list, but I can’t see it taking too long for it to be dealt with. After all, a presidential permit termination doesn’t require any involvement of Congress, so it is relatively easy for the new administration to do.

When that happens, I think all heck could break out here in Alberta. It will not look good for the UCP to have to write off billions of dollars on this and try explain why they took this risk, while at the same time continuing to cut health care, education, government employee wages, etc… I think the UCP might experience a level of anger they have never felt before and it could be coming at them from all sides of the political spectrum.

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