Things Canadian.

We are still a constitutional monarchy last l heard, and the GG has a role to play.
Well for me, I don’t think that has any meaning in today’s Canada and I doubt that either the Queens or the GG influence really have much relevance to the younger generation.
 

Le_addeur_noir

On ROPS
On ROPs
Yep. The US has spent the last few years getting to the point where they are pretty much self sufficient in oil. Their net imports are zero. Biden's policies will turn the clock back on that, making them dependant on the Middle East again and we all know where that ends up. Conflict.

Gas prices going north in the US will go against the Democrats in next year's half-term ( or whatever they're called) elections. That's a little over 21 months from now.

Still Biden was never going to get a second term, anyway. He'll be lucky to see this one out.
 
We are still a constitutional monarchy last l heard, and the GG has a role to play.
Changing the GG to anything else would mean a change in the constitution, and the present government have an aversion to anything resembling constitutional change. It would be a lot of pain and effort for no tangible gain, and we have far more important things to be worrying about than making a very small number of anti-monarchists feel better about themselves.

What will most likely happen is that the government will pass off the job of recommending a new GG to a committee, who may either produce a single recommendation or give a short list which the PMO can choose from.

I would not be surprised if the preference this time is for an Indian, Inuit, or Metis.

Alternatively, the PMO may decide that they would much rather have a quiet life and ask for someone they could be sure doesn't have a "mission" of their own and so just go for the traditional choice of someone who used to have an arts program on the CBC.
 

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clothears

War Hero
Changing the GG to anything else would mean a change in the constitution, and the present government have an aversion to anything resembling constitutional change. It would be a lot of pain and effort for no tangible gain, and we have far more important things to be worrying about than making a very small number of anti-monarchists feel better about themselves.

What will most likely happen is that the government will pass off the job of recommending a new GG to a committee, who may either produce a single recommendation or give a short list which the PMO can choose from.

I would not be surprised if the preference this time is for an Indian, Inuit, or Metis.

Alternatively, the PMO may decide that they would much rather have a quiet life and ask for someone they could be sure doesn't have a "mission" of their own and so just go for the traditional choice of someone who used to have an arts program on the CBC.
My husband has a soft spot for Adrienne Clarkson. He thinks she was the best GG that we had for a long time. She'd show up when asked, dressed appropriately, and was always pleasant to talk to.

Maybe we should have Rick Mercer, gay, Newfie, CBC employee.
 

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My husband has a soft spot for Adrienne Clarkson. He thinks she was the best GG that we had for a long time. She'd show up when asked, dressed appropriately, and was always pleasant to talk to.

Maybe we should have Rick Mercer, gay, Newfie, CBC employee.
You've got that Justin kid, shouldn't he represent the future of Canada ?
 

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Not enough school book repositories or grassy knolls in Ottawa for that eventuality.
Doesn't he represent the ordinary Canadian, and dress for the occasion ?
As an example, here he is receiving a QDJM from the then PM.

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Mufulira42

Old-Salt
I don’t get it, why would Biden put the kibosh on a solid, guaranteed source of friendly POL. We will end up turning the pipeline 90 degrees West, set a terminal on the coast of northern BC, and feed the Chinese monster, who I am sure will be happy to buy it.
A few test shipments of Said Alberta oil to an Asian country indicated entrained ingredients were a source of feedstock to petrochemical plants and thus was an acceptable item. The Quebec refusal to countenance a pipeline through their province to supply E Coast refinery whilst importing Venezuelan, Nigerian or Saudi crude is somewhat of a slap at Cdn comradeship --- however a pipeline through SE Ontario to the St Lawrence seaway and via tanker to E Coast to supply Irving refinery would do just fine and not be subject to someone's temporary political whims.
 

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Only if you think every Canadian is closeted and has trust fund
Thought he'd earnt his own money, but has he come out of his closet ?
 
Thought he'd earnt his own money, but has he come out of his closet ?
He did, grew up in not so great part of Stratford, funny though the town doesn’t have signs everywhere acknowledging his birth, it’s like they’re embarrassed or something....
 
A few test shipments of Said Alberta oil to an Asian country indicated entrained ingredients were a source of feedstock to petrochemical plants and thus was an acceptable item. The Quebec refusal to countenance a pipeline through their province to supply E Coast refinery whilst importing Venezuelan, Nigerian or Saudi crude is somewhat of a slap at Cdn comradeship --- however a pipeline through SE Ontario to the St Lawrence seaway and via tanker to E Coast to supply Irving refinery would do just fine and not be subject to someone's temporary political whims.
Trans Canada were only interested in the Energy East pipeline while Obama blocked Keystone XL. As soon as Obama was gone and Trump signed approval of Keystone XL, TC lost all interest in Energy East. There wasn't room in the market for both, TC couldn't finance both, and EE was too expensive compared to KXL. Also, since the EU were going to ban imports of oil from Canada it didn't open any new markets which wouldn't have been addressed by KXL at a lower cost.

As for sending oil east, Enbridge reversed and expanded Line 9 which now takes western Canadian oil to Montreal refineries. That market is already covered, just by a different company.

That in turn resulted in the shutdown of the Montreal-Portland pipeline which had supplied Montreal refineries with imported oil. Plans are to reverse that pipeline to send western Canadian oil to the US east coast, and then to markets by tanker from there. This project is currently tied up in courts in the US over environmental opposition. If it goes ahead though, then that fills that market niche using existing pipeline assets instead of building a whole new one.

The US market is saturated with domestically produced oil due to fracking. The EU market is unfriendly to Canadian oil due to official opposition. If Venezuela get their sh*t together with a new government then they will be back in the market in direct competition with Canada in the US market and the EU. The oil sands have expanded to the degree they have because they were able to fill the hole in the market caused by Venezuela slowly circling the drain for years. They are our direct competitor because they sell a similar type of oil. Counting on them remaining out of the market is not a promising strategy.

The growing markets for oil are the Far East and India. The most promising direction in which to build a pipeline is to the west coast. If there is need for more export capacity past 2030, then the most obvious and promising thing to do would be to expand Trans Mountain yet again. It's the shortest path to export markets, it allows the most direct access to the markets which are actually growing, and it is entirely under Canadian control.
 
The growing markets for oil are the Far East and India. The most promising direction in which to build a pipeline is to the west coast. If there is need for more export capacity past 2030, then the most obvious and promising thing to do would be to expand Trans Mountain yet again. It's the shortest path to export markets, it allows the most direct access to the markets which are actually growing, and it is entirely under Canadian control.
Is that likely to happen with Trudeau in power pushing green initiatives?
 

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