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#TheViewUpHere Wednesday, September 19 at 6 pm PDT/9 pm EDT

New Brunswick Votes - Will The Irvings Win Again? Yep.

Welcome to Season 10 of The View Up Here. And here we go...

New Brunswick heads to the polls on September 24th to elect a new Provincial Government. The 39th general election has five parties in contention, but only two are considered to have a chance to lead the next Legislature. At dissolution, the Liberal Party led by Premier Brian Gallant held 25 seats out of 49, the slimmest of majorities. The Progressive Conservative party led by Blaine Higgs, a former 20-plus year employee of Irving Oil, is the only other party that can possibly win a majority by any estimate. The spectre of a minority result is a real possibility, bringing three other parties and their leaders into the main picture.

David Coon leads the New Brunswick Green Party sitting as the only MLA for them and has consistently spoken out against the hegemony in place for decades. Kris Austin leads the New Brunswick People's Alliance, a populist party less than a decade old that threatens to steal PC votes more than anything else. Jennifer McKenzie leads the New Brunswick New Democratic Party, which has not elected an MLA to Fredericton since 2003.

The issues of the campaign are not new by any measure, nor are they lessening. Net migration out of the province, an aging population, shrinking tax base and narrowing of economic power. Promises abound regarding promised spending on health care and economic stimulation from all but the PCs who have chosen their lead issue to be... Carbon Tax. PC Leader Higgs has pledged to join the court case with Ontario and Saskatchewan against the national carbon emissions plan.

What else is not new, for decades, is the power of the Irving family. Oil & Gas, Forestry and Media are three sectors under complete Irving control. A private empire, the Irvings own the largest oil refinery in Canada and dictate their will no matter who is in power. So who is for New Brunswickers and who is for the Irvings? TVUH takes a look.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/canadianglen/2018/09/20/new-brunswick-votes--will-the-irvings-win-again-yep
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#TheViewUpHere Wednesday, September 12 at 6 pm PDT/9 pm EDT

Bill C-69 - Goodbye NEB, Hello Omnibus Rewrite With Too Many Empty Blanks

A big promise of the Trudeau Liberal campaign in 2015 was a complete rewriting of the Federal Environmental Review process. There was no question the 2012 Canadian Environmental Assessment Act was a failure. When you have panels of review agencies resigning over conflicts of interest, it's time to start over. The courts cancelled Northern Gateway, with just cause due to the flawed review process. As citizens began to impede the road for Energy East, the re-opening possibility of Keystone XL south of the border let TCPL return to their preferred plan while Big Oil sycophants claimed "Trudeau did it". Then Kinder Morgan, the Bricklin of the oilpatch. Nothing says the existing system is broken better than the full stop put on TMX for the same issues that killed NGP.

The badly needed replacement legislation, Bill C-69, has 412 pages, removes 2 Acts from the books, establishes 2 new Acts and amends many more. The bill has been advanced with Time Allocation twice, has adopted approximately 130 amendments of 320 proposed, defeated six further amendment votes and gone on to the Senate where things are not as comfy for the Liberals.

What guaranteed failure of the old environmental regime was the regulations written to enable it. They delivered flawed processes with an unacceptable level of science, consultation, scrutiny or diligence. It was written for applicants, not Canadians. And what progress has the government made on new regulations? Anyone? Bueller?

This Prime Minister said no omnibus legislation on his watch. Bill C-69 is omnibus legislation. He and his Ministry said environmental regulations would be developed in parallel with this bill moving forward. There is zero evidence available to confirm this, yet the bill is now 2/3 the way to becoming law. A shiny sales pitch is not proof of a good product. Many opponents from all parties remain against it. The View Up Here looks at where C-69 is and needs to get to

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/canadianglen/2018/09/13/bill-c-69--goodbye-neb-hello-omnibus-rewrite-with-too-many-empty-blanks
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Wednesday, September 5 at 6 pm PDT/9 pm EDT
CPC Halifax Convention - More Questions Than Answers?

The 2019 CPC Convention in Halifax has come and gone. So has Maxime Bernier regarding the Party. Inevitable? Yes, likely, but the other inevitabilities are not remotely new in any way shape or form from the Party of Harper that insists Harper is history. But then, maybe Emperor is in the rear-view mirror considering the passed resolutions to re-open the legality of abortion and remove birth-right citizenship, issues kept closed by Harper for a decade.

Make no mistake, this is not a united party with a clear path forward. Before the gavel could open the festivities in Halifax, Maxime Bernier announced he was leaving the Party effective immediately, stating the CPC had become just another bought-off gang of tools. It did garner big coverage, but with Supply Management being somewhat prevented from hitting the Plenary floor, the intent from the Party to eliminate All Things Max seems clear. An emerging issue in one riding in the entire country is now deemed part of policy based on nationalism it seems. Birth-right citizenship, something dating back to the Roman Empire in practice, is now not acceptable to the delegates. Courtesy of two well-organized Anti-abortion groups, Canadian Life Coalition and Right Now, the legality of abortion is back as a problem for the delegates. 27 of 30 changes were passed in Plenary, most of which do not look forward but back to Conservative Unicorn Land, be that the 2000's or the 1860's.

Speeches to the delegates extolled the virtuous Conservative world, according to Raitt, Ford, MacKay, Kenney, Gerstein, Marshall and Scheer. Meetings were held on information collection and usage relating to CIMS, C2W click to website and C2G CIMS to go. All powerful tools (weapons?) in modern campaigning. Electoral Districts were told 50% of rebates would be clawed back to CPC HQ. Sounds democratic eh?

The View Up Here looks at why the answers from Halifax create so many new questions.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/canadianglen/2018/09/06/cpc-halifax-convention--more-questions-than-answers
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