"Unprintable." That's the first word that Drumheller-Stettler MLA Rick Strankman came up with when asked his reaction to Trans Canada Pipeline pulling its application for the Energy East Pipeline to take Alberta oil to the Maritimes.
"Most of what I would say would be unrecordable farm language," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "I'm deeply frustrated that some people would think that western Canadian product would have some disadvantage than offshore product from some foreign countries."
"(Denis) Coderre, the mayor of Montreal, was saying that he was proud, they actually quoted the word that he was 'proud' at the rescinding of Trans Canada's application. Some might say the whole process has become un-Canadian: we're supposed to be unified, we're supposed to be together."
Strankman lays most of the blame at the doorstep of the federal government, which he charges has stonewalled pipeline projects since the Liberals came to power, despite the approval of a couple, pending environmental hearings. However, he thinks Alberta Premier Rachel Notley could have done more.
"Back in the Ralph Klein era or Peter Lougheed era, those guys would pack their bags and go down there and meet those people face to face, camp out so to speak, and say What's going on here? What can we do to rectify this?"
The federal government blames the decision to cancel Energy East on low world oil prices, but industry sources note Trans Canada is continuing with pipeline projects in other countries.