Petro-nostalgia doesn't do conservatives – or Canadians – any good - 2019-05-10
Brooks DeCillia spent 20 years reporting and producing news at CBC, and now splits his time between researching public opinion about the energy and the environment at the University of Calgary and teaching journalism at Mount Royal University.
In the span of about two weeks, federal Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer both teamed up with some oil-industry executives in a private meeting to devise a game plan for defeating the governing Liberals – and promised to unveil a detailed climate change plan.
It seems like a bit of a contradiction in terms, but it's the tightrope that he and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney are both walking, if indelicately. The pair have whipped up public anger about Western Canada's sluggish oil and gas sector to rally the base, and Mr. Scheer looks intent on mimicking Mr. Kenney's winning strategy of championing lunch-bucket oil workers and "everyday people," while saying we can both grow the energy industry and maintain rigorous environmental standards.