Is Scheer's ambitious energy corridor just a pipe dream? - 2019-09-28
EDMONTON – Andrew Scheer's policy offerings to this point have been modest, with much to be modest about – a tax credit here, a tax cut there, with the hope that the cumulative package persuades voters they will be better off under a Conservative government.
Not for him the sweeping schemes and bold visions put forward by Justin Trudeau, whose absolute belief in the omni-competence of government to deliver encourages him to dream big dreams – often with unintended and underwhelming consequences.
Yet in the heart of Alberta's oilpatch, Scheer showed he too is capable of ambitious, unattainable grand designs – in this case, the chimera of a pan-Canadian energy corridor. Flanked by energy workers in the yard of an oil services company, Scheer conjured up Macdonald's Canadian Pacific Railroad, St. Laurent's St. Lawrence Seaway and Diefenbaker's all-weather road to the north as examples of "leaders who could see what could be, to create a country of possibility and opportunity".