For months Jason Kenney has been strutting around like a puffed up mini Mussolini, bellowing "Trudeau gimme that mine, or else!!!!"
And threatening that Alberta could separate if the Liberal government didn't approve the Teck Frontier project, a massive oil sands mine.
But today you could hear the air hissing out of him, after the project was abandoned, and once again he was made to look like a loser.
For blaming Justin Trudeau for the project's collapse.
"It is what happens when governments lack the courage to defend the interests of Canadians in the face of a militant minority," Kenney said in an emailed statement, pointing to what he described as weeks of federal indecision on blockades in solidarity with those opposed to a natural gas pipeline proposed by Coastal GasLink in northern B.C.
Just like Andrew Scheer did:
“Justin Trudeau killed Teck Frontier,” said @AndrewScheer linking the PM's response to blockades with Teck’s decision to withdraw its application to build a massive oilsands project in northern Alberta. #cdnpoli Read more: https://t.co/bTGxtp1qio pic.twitter.com/hvqqDIJ1vy— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) February 24, 2020
Even though the company itself did not blame Trudeau. It said it was only too happy to pay a carbon tax. And strongly suggested that politicians like Kenney and Scheer are in denial.
The abrupt decision by Teck Resources to withdraw its application for the Frontier bitumen mine project reveals a truth that politicians like Jason Kenney and other industry boosters continue to deny — that investing large sums of money in Canada’s oil sands no longer makes any financial sense.
They can't seem to see that Teck Resources is just following other Big Oil companies.
In withdrawing its application for Frontier, Teck was following the lead of Shell, ConocoPhillips, Marathon, Total, Koch Industries and other oil companies that in recent years have departed the oilsands, selling off tens of billions of dollars’ worth of investments that they no longer consider financially attractive.
They can't seem to understand that the Tar Sands are dying...
And because the Cons are such grubby oil pimps, they can't understand that they are dying too.
All of which is of course great for Justin Trudeau.
Firstly, he was spared having to rule on the fate of the Teck oil sands, which would have been a lose lose exercise.
Secondly, he can now use the reasons provided by Teck Resources to bolster his own arguments, that Canada needs to do more to fight global warming. And that no project can be approved without a decent climate plan.
Yup, nobody can know what the Teck collapse will mean for the future of Canada's fossil fuel industry. But I think it's safe to say this:
Some are good, some are lucky.
And some are both....