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OH WELL DONE

By Pete Moore On January 21st, 2021

CALGARY — TC Energy Corp. is planning to eliminate more than 1,000 construction jobs related to its decision to halt work on its Keystone XL pipeline expansion project.

The company suspended work on the project Wednesday as U.S. President Joe Biden cancelled a key presidential permit for the pipeline border crossing.

TC Energy had earlier warned that blocking the project would lead to the layoffs of thousands of union workers building the pipeline.

Day One and already a thousand jobs are toast. That’s one firm in Canada. Thousands more will go, in the US too, with other contractors and along the supply chains. Actions have consequences, but who cares when you can deel smug because Trump has gone?

Go on, pat yourselves on the back for stiffing thousands of working class men and women.

4 Responses to “OH WELL DONE”

  1. The leader of Canada’s oil heartland called President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline project an “insult” and urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider retaliation.

    “This is a gut punch to the Alberta and Canadian economies,” Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said in a press conference Wednesday. “It’s an insult.”

    Last year, Kenney’s government invested $1.1 billion of taxpayer money to jump-start construction of the pipeline that would carry more than 800,000 barrels a day of crude from Alberta’s oil sands as far south as the U.S. Gulf Coast.

    Kenney said Trudeau should demand the new U.S. administration sit down and discuss the project in the context of environmental, climate and security policy. If that fails, Canada should be willing to impose “meaningful” punitive measures against its biggest trading partner.

    Bloomberg

    How could anyone expect any different reaction? This was an amateur move by Biden, amateurishly executed.

  2. “Day One and already a thousand jobs are toast.”

    This is the year of COVID-19. We don’t need no jobs, government pays you to do nothin’.

  3. Last year, Kenney’s government invested $1.1 billion of taxpayer money to jump-start construction of the pipeline that would carry more than 800,000 barrels a day of crude from Alberta’s oil sands as far south as the U.S. Gulf Coast.

    Biden was merely repeating what Obama did in 2015. Trump reversed that in 2017 but the pipeline builders should have been well aware of the risk if Trump failed to get a second term. If they had been smarter they would have delayed “jump-starting” last year until after the US election. Maybe Kenney thought he could strong-arm Biden. If so, that was a bad bet and he should quit whinging.

  4. I get you, Peter. We shouldn’t have built the Channel Tunnel because the French might block up their end one day.