How smug politicians — including Harper — sabotaged Canada’s dreams of energy superpowerdom – by Terence Corcoran (Financial Post – July 4, 2018)

Meanwhile, the U.S., instead of preening over its superiority, got to work

It is too early to conclude that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, aided and abetted by climate activists and what the late Charles Krauthammer identified as perceivable leftist stupidity, is presiding over the decline of Canada into its new role as a global energy underpower.

History takes time and a lot can change quickly. More importantly, Trudeau alone cannot be blamed for Canada’s precipitous slide as a global energy market player. The pathetic scramblings of Ottawa and Alberta to salvage the Trans Mountain pipeline are the culmination of a national spiral that began more than a decade ago.

Much of the blame rests with former prime minister Stephen Harper, who was scheduled to meet with senior White House officials in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

It should not go unnoticed that the trajectory into Canada’s current plight was initiated when Harper — aided and abetted by think tanks in Alberta and assorted Canadian nationalists — mounted a campaign to make Canada great by turning the country into an “energy superpower.”

In early 2008, Harper positioned Canada as a new confident nation that could throw its weight around, especially with the United States. With the vast Alberta oilsands in its hip pocket, Harper said Canada was in a position to become a world energy leader. Harper even took this new swagger into the trade arena with talk of a NAFTA renegotiation.

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