The liberals only bought TMX because they wouldn't defend it in the first place.I don't want to dismiss Albertan concerns, but federal politics are about the entire country. The Liberals already spent billions of federal tax dollars to buy the transmountain pipeline, and to me, that is already a huge investment in Alberta. Sure, it comes with a number of legal issues and you may not agree with how the Liberals are handling those issues, but you need to understand that the rest of country see climate change as an important issue. Even those of us who support the pipelines do not want to see the oil industry grow unchecked, which is basically what the Saskatchewan PM proposed with his recent letter to Trudeau calling for the cancellation of the Carbon Tax.
BTW, very few people in Ontario are happy about the fact that our governments keep propping up the auto industry. Billions of dollars are wasted propping up the jobs of a few thousand people, and anyone with a sense can see that automation will eliminate those jobs regardless. Unfortunately, Canadian politics being what they are, there are powerful special interest groups that every politician want to appeal to.
I grew up in Quebec, so I had to laugh, though not in any mean spirited way, when I read that you think threatening separation would get you special deals. Trust me when I say Quebec is a special basket case, and you don't want Alberta to end up like Quebec!
Quebec has some of the highest, if not the highest, provincial taxes in the country, and most of that money is wasted on BS like policing the language on store signs, and I guess now policing the headwear of teachers. The very reason they receive the lion's share of equalization payments is because they are the second most populous province AND their economy is shit. Growing up, unless you were an ardent sovereigntist, everyone was well aware that the Quebec economy is dragged down by the constant talk of separation.
I don't believe the Liberals are out to kill Alberta's industry, but they're not going to give the oil industry a free reign either. IMO, Alberta could benefit from some diversification. Over-reliance on the oil industry means you guys get screwed every time the US depresses oil prices to punish Russia. Alberta oil is especially vulnerable, as I'm sure you are well aware, because it's expensive to extract and you can only sell it to the US.
More importantly, a Conservative government would not be able to do anything different from what the Liberals are doing currently. A Conservative government is not going to be able to force BC to agree, and regardless of how many people you think supports the pipeline in BC, the fact is that the province is unlikely to change that stance anytime soon. What the Conservatives WOULD BE doing, however, would be to work more closely with the Americans to further the American global agenda (the treaty used to arrest Meng was signed under Harper), promote anti-China rhetoric like during the Harper years, and participate in more military adventures that do not benefit Canada (Libya).
To me, those are more important considerations than Alberta's pipeline.
We tried this whole "social license" BS when NDP got elected in 2015 in Alberta, and it just screwed us further.
80% of GHG emissions comes out of burning oil, which means the car, and ship and plane. And Alberta's oil production is actually less GHG intensive than most places on the planet. So using climate change as an excuse to limit Canadian oil while importing Saudi oil (more GHG intensive due to extra shipping) is hypocritical.
The BC folks that are opposed to TMX for some reason want more ferries... That burns oil. And want to reduce 14 ships a week due to TMX to protect whales... And add an order of magnitude more ferries.. because whales only hit oil tankers.