Braid The final lethal pipeline threat — a Liberal minority

As this federal election campaign slips deeper into uncertainty, an awful realization dawns in the east.The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will never be built unless a majority government is elected.After Justin Trudeau’s blackface fiasco, polls show the Liberals and Conservatives are virtually tied, making a minority very likely.To govern, either big-party leader would have to strike a deal with Jagmeet Singh’s NDP and, possibly, Elizabeth May’s Greens.Singh and May would both demand cancellation of the pipeline as a condition of supporting a minority.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives couldn’t consider support from the NDP unless the condition were dropped. Singh couldn’t dream of dropping it.Not that they could live with each other under any circumstances. We can forget that pairing.The pipeline’s future — or lack of it — could well come down to a Trudeau minority propped up by these ardent anti-pipeline parties.After the Liberals gave the pipeline a second approval in February, Singh said:“Once again, I am calling on the Trudeau government to abandon the Trans Mountain expansion, fully overhaul the NEB review process, and finally live up to its promises that its most important relationship is its relationship with Indigenous Peoples.”And on Monday, Singh told the CBC’s Vassy Kapelos that any province objecting to any national project crossing its territory should have an absolute veto. If that happens, we might as well sell Canada for parts.May, meanwhile, says the Greens would veto any pipeline, large or small, now and forever.Anybody who doesn’t think the Liberals would slide away from the pipeline, even after spending $4.5 billion to buy it, fails to grasp their determination to stay in power.Pipeline support in the Liberal caucus is uneasy enough even now. With a clutch of new MPs, it could be even weaker. The conflict could perhaps be fudged in some cynical fashion. For instance, a Liberal minority government could say that to accommodate NDP concerns, the project would have to meet a variety of new, impossible conditions.The meaning would be clear — no pipeline expansion in the term of yet another government, and probably never.The implications are dire both for Alberta’s economy and national unity. Anger would reach levels undreamed of in this province.But Scheer and the Conservatives have new hope. They know, just as the Liberals do, that Trudeau is only one scandal away from handing them a solid victory.His trust level has fallen. Wary forgiveness seems widespread, but more trouble could shatter it overnight.On Monday, Premier Jason Kenney painted Trudeau as a national embarrassment.“I think it’s becoming more clear by the day that we need a new government and a new prime minister,” he told reporters.“We need a prime minister of whom we can be proud, a prime minister who understands the life of ordinary Canadians, like Andrew Scheer, who grew up in a family where they didn’t own a car, in a modest townhouse.”Kenney was obviously playing on Trudeau’s own admission that his “layers of privilege” as the son of a former prime minister contributed to his “massive blind spot.”Kenney called Scheer “a person of profound respect who would never embarrass this country either here or abroad.”“I found the revelations about the prime minister’s penchant for blackface frankly bizarre,” the premier continued.“He is trying to blame this on society — that we must learn from this.“No, prime minister, this is about you, not us. I’m 51 years old, I’ve hardly lived a sheltered existence, and I’ve never seen anybody ever do that.”Of course, Alberta Liberals can argue that with another majority they will build Trans Mountain.But they’ve had a solid majority for four years now, and the hurdles keep popping up.The project faces six new court challenges. B.C. has been told to review its provincial agreement. The opposition seems more strident every day.Now the final, project-killing threat — an NDP-backed minority — grows ever more likely.Don Braid’s column appears regularly in the Calgary [email protected]: @DonBraidFacebook: Don Braid Politics Steel pipe to be used in the Trans Mountain oil pipeline construction lies at a stockpile site in Kamloops, B.C. Dennis Owen/Reuters files read more

Richard Hammonds car crash will affect The Grand Tour says Jeremy Clarkson

first_imgJeremy Clarkson has said that that new series of The Grand Tour will be affected by the injury on Saturday to fellow presenter Richard Hammond, who was seconds from death after the electric supercar he was driving crashed and burst into flames in Switzerland. Writing on DriveTribe, a digital platform for car enthusiasts, Clarkson, 57, said: “Many of you have been asking if Hammond’s broken knee will affect the filming for season two of the Grand Tour.”And the short answer is: yes.”As I write, James May is sitting in the hell hole that is Gatwick Airport waiting for a budget airline to take him to a shoot that Hammond should have been doing.”Meanwhile, I’ve been up since dawn, rewriting all of the scripts and ideas we had to accommodate the fact that Hammond can’t drive for the next few months.”Meanwhile, he is lying in a bed in the Swiss Alps, while pretty nurses attend to give his every need, and give him drugs.” It was the biggest crash I’ve ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly, and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 10, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He said Hammond was referred to as a “body” following the incident and that he did not want to see him, “not after a crash that big”. “I could see the screen. I could see the paramedics behind it. I couldn’t see Hammond. I didn’t want to see him. Not after a crash that big.”Clarkson said they were then told Hammond was fine by their security man, and that he is sure his co-host will share further details “when the lucky sod feels up to it”. Clarkson wrote on Drive Tribe: “I don’t know what went wrong. Hopefully, when he comes out of surgery and is feeling up to it, he will be able to tell us.”What I do know is that I genuinely thought he was dead.” The 47-year-old climbed out of the car before the fire and suffered no serious injury, although he will need surgery to fix a broken leg.Yesterday, Clarkson told of the “coldness” he felt when he realised the crash had happened to his co-host, adding that his knees turned to “jelly”. Clarkson said he had finished filming for the day and was waiting for Hammond and fellow presenter James May to complete a hill climb when he learned that a test driver had had an “off” in one of the cars. He mistakenly thought it was a Lamborghini Aventador that had crashed and not the Rimac Concept One that Hammond had been driving. the car which was involved in a crash where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury, in Switzerland Initially angered, Clarkson said it quickly became obvious that something serious had happened.He wrote: “And as I stood there, waiting for news, it dawned on me that the burning car was not yellow, as the Aventador was. It was white. Hammond’s Rimac had been white.”And I can feel it now; the coldness. My knees turning to jelly. It was Hammond who’d crashed.”I was joined at this point by James who’d arrived on the scene just before me in his Honda NSX. He was in a right old state, his arms waving frantically, his eyes wide. ‘Hammond’s in there,’ he was screaming.” Richard Hammond  Hammond has apologised to his wife and children and joked that he is “not dead” in a video filmed from his hospital bed.A spokesman for The Grand Tour thanked paramedics for their “swift response” after the accident, adding that the cause is being investigated. Richard Hammond was referred to as a ‘body’ following the incident, Jeremy Clarkson saidCredit:Eric Gaillard/Reuters Clarkson added: “Then came news from a nearby marshal that he wasn’t. That he’d got out before the fire started. And that ‘his body’ – that’s what they said – was behind a screen at the bottom of the hill. Car crashing into a fence on the side of the road where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury This video still shows Hammond’s car veering off a hillside bendCredit:Nature Pictures/YouTube The remains of the car Richard Hammond was drivingCredit: Freuds/PAlast_img read more