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1 septembre 2015

L’avarice Économie États-Unis Revue de presse

The Washington Times

Texas emerges as top destination for Californians fleeing state
The Washington Times

Californians are fleeing the state in unprecedented numbers, and their primary destination is Texas, according to an analysis issued Monday.

About 5 million Californians departed the Golden State between 2004 and 2013, while 3.9 million arrived from other states for a net population loss of roughly 1.1 million, The Sacramento Bee reported Monday, using tax return data from the Internal Revenue Service.

The estimated loss in annual income to California? Roughly $26 billion.

Nearly 600,000 Californians wound up in Texas, while about 348,000 Texans moved to California. The other top net recipients of Californians were Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, the analysis found. The graphic also shows that the people leaving California earn more overall than those entering California.

For example, those leaving California for Texas had a combined income of $15 billion, while those leaving Texas for California earned $9.7 billion, meaning that Texas received a windfall of $5.3 billion. Analysts blame a host of factors for the migration, starting with California’s high tax rate and cost of living.

Un autre bel exemple d’avarice fiscale d’un gouvernement…

Au lieu d’imposer raisonnablement ses citoyens, la Californie a voulu se remplir les poches. Résultat: les gens ont quitté la Californie en masse pour aller vivre au Texas, un État qui impose peu les gens. Au Final, la Californie a donc perdu 26 milliards en impôts sur le revenu alors que le Texas a pu augmenter ses recettes fiscales grâce aux nouveaux venus.

Les gouvernements qui imposent trop devraient lire La Fontaine: « l’avarice perd tout en voulant tout gagner ».


31 août 2015

L’austérité allemande Économie Europe Revue de presse

La Libre Belgique

L’Allemagne engrange de copieux excédents budgétaires
The Guardian

Aubaine pour les ministres des Finances et trésoriers municipaux allemands : au premier semestre, les excédents budgétaires de l’Etat fédéral, des Etats régionaux, des communes et de la sécurité sociale ont atteint la somme record de 21 milliards d’euros, soit 1,4 % du produit intérieur brut (PIB).

Les pouvoirs publics ont encore fait mieux qu’au cours de 2014, où pendant l’année entière, l’excédent budgétaire s’était inscrit à 0,3 % du PIB. Les budgets publics profitent d’une sorte de « cercle vertueux ». L’Office statistique fédéral de Wiesbaden Destatis énumère toute une série de facteurs favorables : le haut niveau de l’emploi, la croissance élevée, la baisse des taux de l’emprunt, ainsi que la modération des dépenses publiques. Le record de l’emploi, poursuit-il, galvanise l’impôt sur le revenu et les contributions à la sécurité sociale (assurances maladie, vieillesse, chômage).

Au niveau de l’ensemble des collectivités territoriales et de la sécurité sociale, la sagesse prédomine, la hausse des recettes (+3,7 %) l’emportant sur celle des dépenses (+2,1 %). Destatis a confirmé hier qu’au deuxième trimestre, le PIB a progressé de 0,4 %, après une augmentation de 0,3 % au premier trimestre. Pour 2015, Berlin et la plupart des économistes prévoient 2 % de croissance.

N’en déplaise au gauchiste dirigeant Quebecor et le PQ, l’austérité ça marche.


27 août 2015

Une fraude écologique Économie Environnement International Revue de presse

The Guardian

Kyoto protocol’s carbon credit scheme ‘increased emissions by 600m tonnes’
The Guardian

A key carbon offsetting scheme was so open to abuse that three quarters of its allowances lacked environmental integrity, a new report says.

UN officials confirm the findings by the Stockholm Environment Institute that around 600m tonnes of carbon were wrongly emitted as a result, under the UNFCCC’s Joint Implementation (JI) scheme.

An estimated 80% of JI projects were of low environmental quality, according to the paper, parts of which were published on Monday in Nature Climate Change.

“Many of them didn’t observe the requirements of JI on ‘additionality’ as they would probably have happened anyway, and I would even doubt the physical existence of some of these projects,” said Vladyslav Zhezherin, one of the report’s authors. “I would say that many of them were fake.” A senior UN official speaking on condition of anonymity told the Guardian that the new report was “thoroughly researched and probably correct.”

JI had been beset by “significant criminal energy” in Russia and Ukraine, after the EU banned the trading of credits from an industrial gas scam on the Emissions Trading System (ETS) from April 2013, he explained. This led to a flood of what he called “almost completely bogus” credits in 2012.

“It was an outstretched middle finger to the EU saying ‘You’re shutting out our credits, we’re flooding your markets,’ a mix of retaliation and crime,” he said.

Bourse du carbone, énergie verte… Des combines gouvernementales pour permettre à une petite clique de s’enrichir…

J’espère que personne n’est surpris, c’est le genre de chose qui arrive que le gouvernement dispose d’un plat de bonbons valant plusieurs milliards de dollars.


26 août 2015

La souveraineté imaginaire Canada Économie Election 2015 Québec Revue de presse

Montreal Gazette

Independent Quebec will have its share of federal assets, PQ and Bloc say
Montreal Gazette

An independent Quebec would have its own coast guard with bases in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Gaspé and Rimouski, and CF-18 fighter jets, said Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe and PQ Leader Pierre Karl Péladeau on Tuesday.

The two men are fresh off a bike tour of the Gaspé. They have been travelling and campaigning together this summer, with Péladeau inviting Duceppe to attend his party’s pre-session caucus meeting in Rimouski.

“Quebec will have to have its coast guard,” Péladeau told reporters at the meeting, adding Quebec will also want its share of other federal assets, such as Canada Post outlets, bridges and airports. “These are contributions that were made by Quebecers since Confederation in the hundreds of billions of dollars, so it belongs to us.”

Asked if an independent Quebec should have its own army, Péladeau said it was too early to say.

“As I promised during the (PQ) leadership campaign, there will be a Quebec research institute that will outline the merits of independence,” he said.

J’imagine que la première chose qu’on fait dans une république de bananes nouvellement indépendante est de saisir des installations militaires. M’enfin…

Je veux surtout attirer votre attention sur la réponse de PKP quand on lui demande de détailler le projet séparatiste. Presque systématiquement, il répond que ce sera un « institut de recherche » qui devrait déterminer les mérites de la séparation… Autrement dit, le chef du PQ, un type qui est obsédé par la séparation du Québec, est incapable de justifier son option politique… Il a besoin d’un « institut de recherche » de recherche pour lui dire pourquoi il est séparatiste…

C’est comme si un journaliste demandait à Stephen Harper pourquoi il est de droite et qu’il répondait qu’il allait fonder un institut de recherche pour trouver des raisons…

Bref, on comprend que pour le boss de Quebecor, la séparation du Québec c’est plus une affaire d’émotions que de raison…


25 août 2015

Une autre erreur des réchauffistes Environnement International Revue de presse

Earth and Space Science

Variability and trends in global drought
Earth and Space Science

Monthly precipitation (P) and potential evapotranspiration (PET) from the CRUTS3.1 data set are used to compute monthly P minus PET (PMPE) for the land areas of the globe. The percent of the global land area with annual sums of PMPE less than zero are used as an index of global drought (%drought) for 1901 through 2009. Results indicate that for the past century %drought has not changed, even though global PET and temperature (T) have increased. Although annual global PET and T have increased, annual global P also has increased and has mitigated the effects of increased PET on %drought.

The objectives of this paper are to answer two basic questions regarding global drought occurrence: (1) are interannual changes in drought occurrence controlled mostly by changes in PET, P, or both equally? and (2) given global warming and associated increases in PET, has the occurrence of drought increased during the past century?

Analysis of the global land area with annual PMPE less than zero for the 1901 through 2009 period indicates that %drought has not changed, even though global T and PET have increased during this period. On a global basis the variability in annual %drought is related to variability in P, and increases in annual global P have mitigated the effects of increases in PET (and T) on %drought.

Pour ceux qui se sont perdus dans le jargon scientifique, cette étude montre que le réchauffement climatique n’a pas été associé à une augmentation du nombre de sécheresses. Bref, la prochaine fois vous dira qu’il y a plus de sécheresses à cause du réchauffement, vous pourrez lui répondre que c’est faux.


24 août 2015

La pente glissante Coup de gueule États-Unis Philosophie Revue de presse

The Washington Post

Europe’s sinister expansion of euthanasia
The Washington Post

If you were a psychiatrist and a chronically depressed patient told you he wanted to die, what would you do? In Belgium, you might prescribe this vulnerable, desperate person a fatal dose of sodium thiopental.

Between October 2007 and December 2011, 100 people went to a clinic in Belgium’s Dutch-speaking region with depression, or schizophrenia, or, in several cases, Asperger’s syndrome, seeking euthanasia. The doctors, satisfied that 48 of the patients were in earnest, and that their conditions were “untreatable” and “unbearable,” offered them lethal injection; 35 went through with it.

These facts come not from a police report but an article by one of the clinic’s psychiatrists, Lieve Thienpont, in the British journal BMJ Open. All was perfectly legal under Belgium’s 2002 euthanasia statute, which applies not only to terminal physical illness, still the vast majority of cases, but also to an apparently growing minority of psychological ones. Official figures show nine cases of euthanasia due to “neuropsychiatric” disorders in the two-year period 2004-2005; in 2012-2013, the number had risen to 120, or 4 percent of the total.

Next door in the Netherlands, which decriminalized euthanasia in 2002, right-to-die activists opened a clinic in March 2012 to “help” people turned down for lethal injections by their regular physicians. In the next 12?months, the clinic approved euthanasia for six psychiatric patients, plus 11 people whose only recorded complaint was being “tired of living,” according to a report in the Aug. 10 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.

In 2013, euthanasia accounted for one of every 28 deaths in the Netherlands, three times the rate of 2002. In the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, one of every 22 deaths was due to euthanasia in 2013, a 142 percent increase since 2007. Belgium has legalized euthanasia for children under 12, though only for terminal physical illness; no child has yet been put to death.

Au Québec, vous pouvez déjà parier qu’on verra ce genre de dérive un jour ou l’autre… Le désir du gouvernement de diminuer les coûts du système de santé, combiné à une population docile qui trouvera normal qu’au nom du bien commun on tue au lieu de soigner, rend cette réalité inévitable.


20 août 2015

Le libre marché contre la corruption Canada Économie Mondialisation Revue de presse

The Globe And Mail

Ukraine PM calls on Canadian investors to help displace oligarchs
The Globe And Mail

Ukraine’s Prime Minister is calling on Canadian investors to take part in a massive privatization of state assets organized by Kiev as a way of weakening the power of wealthy oligarchs blamed for spreading corruption in his country.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk cited, for instance, Ukrainian businessmen who have been “sitting like vampires” on the country’s publicly owned energy sector.

Mr. Yatsenyuk spoke to The Globe and Mail Tuesday after he joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Chelsea, Que., to announce that Ukraine and Canada had struck a free-trade deal.

Ukraine is preparing to spin off billions of dollars of government enterprises – including power generation and distribution assets and chemical plants – and the government wants Western investors to bring more orderly business methods to the Eastern European country.

“I don’t want Ukrainian tycoons to buy these state-owned enterprises,” Mr. Yatsenyuk said. “We would be happy to see Canadian folks buying Ukrainian assets and bringing into Ukraine good corporate governance, new investment and new jobs.

“That is what I asked the Canadian Prime Minister: ‘Please tell your investors and your businesses to jump into Ukraine.’”

Je vous parle de cette nouvelle, qui date déjà de quelques semaines, parce que le commie qui écrit dans le journal à PKP avait écrit que l’accord de libre-échange entre le Canada et l’Ukraine était mauvais, puisque l’Ukraine était un pays corrompu. Le pauvre homme n’a pas encore compris que le libre marché, et la compétition qui en découle, est le remède le plus puissant pour combattre la corruption.

Notez aussi que les politiciens ukrainiens semblent beaucoup plus intelligents que les nôtres, ils ont réalisé qu’une économie se développe avec des investissements étrangers et ils veulent que les Canadiens participent à la privatisation de leurs infrastructures. Ici, tous nos politiciens sont trop arriérés pour comprendre ce principe économique de base, surtout les nationaleux du PQ qui sont allergiques à tout investissement étranger dans notre économie.


19 août 2015

Quand les communiste n’ont plus d’argent Économie Europe Revue de presse

San Jose Mercury News

Greece gives German firm rights to run 14 airports
San Jose Mercury News

Greece has agreed to sell to a German company the rights to operate 14 regional airports. The deal is the first in a wave of privatizations the government had until recently opposed but needs to make to qualify for bailout loans.

The decision, which was published in the government gazette overnight Monday to Tuesday, would hand over the airports, including several on popular tourist island destinations, to Fraport AG, which runs Frankfurt Airport, among others across the world.

The concession, worth 1.23 billion euros ($1.37 billion), is the first privatization decision taken by the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who was elected in January on promises to repeal the conditions of Greece’s previous two bailouts.

The government had initially vowed to cancel the country’s privatization program, but Tsipras has been forced to renege on his pre-election promises in order to win a deal on a third international bailout for Greece, worth 86 billion euros. Without the rescue loans, the country would default on its debts and risk being forced out of Europe’s joint currency.

The government’s U-turn on pre-election promises to secure its new bailout has sparked a rebellion within Tsipras’ governing left-wing Syriza party, increasing the possibility of early elections being called as early as next month.

Quand les communistes n’ont plus d’argent, même eux sont obligés de privatiser !


18 août 2015

Le bilinguisme Économie États-Unis Mondialisation Revue de presse

The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte employers seeking more bilingual staff
Th eCharlotte Observer

In yet another sign of Charlotte’s growing immigrant workforce, a new kind of job fair is being held Friday, to recruit only people who speak more than one language.

Organizers believe it may be the first of many to come.

The Bilingual Customer Service Career Fair at the Latin American Coalition on Central Avenue will include such employers as Verizon, Chipotle, Goodwill and the Charlotte Hornets interviewing people for potential jobs.

Coalition officials say the idea for the fair grew from increased demand in the community for people who are bilingual, particularly those who speak Spanish and English.

The job fair comes at a time when recent U.S. Census Bureau data shows Mecklenburg County’s Hispanic growth rate continues to boom. The non-white Hispanic population grew 14.8 percent between 2010 and last year, more than double the white growth rate. Hispanics are now 12.7 percent of the county’s population, an estimated 128,473 people among 1.01 million residents.

Faith Josephs of the Latin American Coalition says the job fair was created in response to companies in the community that are seeking customer service employees who speak multiple languages. Most of the potential jobs require a high school diploma, through college level education is also being sought.

“This is a sign that Charlotte is changing. A career fair of employers seeking bilingual job candidates is unique, but more and more these companies are finding themselves with Spanish speaking customers,” said Josephs. “A lot (of immigrants) don’t realize what a skill it is to speak more than one language professionally, but it’s very highly sought.”

Dans le sud des États-Unis, les méchants red necks sont plus ouverts au bilinguisme que les péquistes…


17 août 2015

Vivre au Québec Canada Chine Économie Mondialisation Québec Revue de presse

South China Morning Post

Millionaire migration to Canada didn’t fall after investor scheme’s axing – it rose, new data reveals
South China Morning Post

It was last year that Ottawa turned off the tap of its millionaire migration scheme, the federal immigrant investor programme (IIP), which has been dominated by rich mainland Chinese. Announced last February, the closure came into effect last summer.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) spreadsheets demonstrate that, yes, immigrant investor visa approvals under the federal IIP plunged 42 per cent as the scheme wound down, falling to a mere 2,541 applicants and family members in 2014. Yet, astonishingly, overall investor immigrant approvals nationwide were up by 7.2 per cent, hitting 8,762 approvals, the most since 2011.

How? Because, even while Ottawa was hitting the brakes on millionaire migration, the province of Quebec (which runs its own IIP) was hitting the accelerator. And l’accélérateur was winning. In 2014, Quebec approved a bumper 6,221 millionaire migrants and family members, a whopping 62 per cent increase compared to 2013. It was a near-record year, surpassed only by the 6,292 approvals in 2011.

Quebec’s programme matters to Vancouver, because 89 per cent of Quebec investor immigrants do not end up living there, according to federal data. Most likely end up in Vancouver, assuming those 89 per cent disperse in a fashion similar to their counterparts in the federal scheme. At this point thanks should go to Richard Kurland, the Vancouver immigration lawyer who has been a relentless pursuer of data that CIC does not prefer to release as a matter of course. The CIC spreadsheets that he shared with me this week were only obtained under access to information requests. The spreadsheets demonstrate in clear fashion how Quebec has historically approved a majority of Canada’s millionaire migrants, and has likely approved a majority of those who end up in Vancouver.

Avant de penser de faire du Québec un pays, ça serait bien de faire du Québec autre chose qu’une porte d’entrée au Canada pour les immigrants investisseurs. Quand on sait que 89% des immigrants investisseurs qui arrivent au Québec décident d’aller vivre ailleurs au Canada, c’est parce qu’il y a quelque chose de pourri dans le modèle la province…


28 juillet 2015

Pas de péréquation en Colombie-Britannique Canada Économie Environnement Revue de presse

The Daily Courier

B.C. finance minister heads to Malaysia to discuss Petronas LNG deal
The Daily Courier

British Columbia’s finance minister is travelling to Malaysia to discuss a $36 billion liquefied natural gas project in the province’s northwest.

Michael de Jong will meet with officials over the next six days to discuss the ratification of a project agreement with Pacific Northwest LNG, a consortium led by Malaysia energy giant Petronas.

The province passed legislation this week that allowed it to enter into an agreement with the consortium to build an LNG export terminal near Prince Rupert. The Opposition New Democrats voted against the legislation, which protects Pacific Northwest LNG from targeted tax increases for 25 years.

The project would be the largest private investment in B.C. history, creating 4,500 construction jobs and generating $8.6 billion in taxes and revenues by 2030.

The B.C. government estimates that travel and accommodation for the minister and his chief of staff will cost about $7,900.

« Now that the province has met its obligations, we are an important step closer to the company’s final investment decision and the start of an LNG industry in B.C., » says de Jong in a statement. « We will keep moving forward to make this incredible opportunity a reality so we can build our economic portfolio, and create jobs and opportunities for British Columbians now and in the future. »

Pendant qu’en Colombie-Britannique on annonce des investissements de 36 milliards de dollars de capitaux étrangers (ce qui va créer 4 500 jobs et générer des retombées fiscales de 8,6 milliards de dollars d’ici 2030) pour la construction d’un port méthanier, au Québec on a dit non au gaz de schiste ET au port méthanier…

Et pendant que le Québec s’imagine être plus intelligent que tout le monde, nous recevons de la péréquation alors que la Colombie-Britannique en paye…

P.-S. Quand Labeaume va en Californie pour faire on ne sait trop quoi, ses dépenses de voyages s’élèvent à près de 19 000 dollars. La délégation britanno-colombienne qui se rendra en Malaisie pour officialiser le deal de 36 milliards avec Petronas va coûter 7 900 dollars.


27 juillet 2015

Une autre erreur des réchauffistes Environnement International Revue de presse

The Wall Street Journal

Sea Ice Might Be More Resilient Than Thought
The Wall Street Journal

Arctic sea ice is so sensitive to changing temperatures that a single cool summer briefly reversed the decline in the ice cap around the North Pole, says a new study released Monday.

Using new satellite data, researchers at University College London reported in Nature Geoscience on Monday that the total volume of sea ice in the Northern Hemisphere was well above average in the autumn of 2013, traditionally the end of the annual melt season, after an unusually cool summer when temperatures dropped to levels not seen since the 1990s.

“We now know it can recover by a significant amount if the melting season is cut short,” said the study’s lead author Rachel Tilling, a researcher who studies satellite observations of the Arctic. “The sea ice might be a little more resilient than we thought.”

Miss Tilling and her colleagues used new data from the European Space Agency’s Cryosat-2 radar satellite, launched in 2010. For the first time, they measured changes in the overall volume of seasonal sea ice across the Arctic and Greenland. Until now, researchers have been able to track the extent of ice, but not its thickness.

In 2013, summer temperatures were about 5% cooler than the previous year and the volume of autumn ice jumped 41%, they said.

Les glaces du pôle Nord plus résilientes qu’on le croyait… Voilà qui contraste avec ce que déclaraient des scientifiques canadiens en 2007, ceux-ci avaient annoncé que l’Arctique serait libre de glace en 2015.

On nous disait pourtant que le débat était clos et que la science était définitive…


23 juillet 2015

Le sable bitumineux… américain ! Économie Environnement États-Unis Revue de presse

National Post

Utah set to be home of first oilsands mine project in U.S. by end of 2015
National Post

Despite fierce opposition from American environmental groups, the first commercial oilsands mine in the United States is just months away from starting up after receiving final regulatory approvals from officials in Utah late last week.

“We’ll be in production later in the fall with commercial production before the end of the year,” U.S. Oil Sands Inc. chief executive Cameron Todd said in a phone interview Tuesday. Calgary-based U.S. Oil Sands is working through the summer to complete a 2,000-barrel-per-day oilsands mine in eastern Utah, which would make it the first commercial oilsands mine in the United States when it begins producing later this year.

Todd noted that oilsands deposits have been used in the U.S. in the past, including in the construction of the first roads in Utah, but have never been mined on a commercial scale. The Uinta basin in the northeastern and central southeastern of the state has more than 50 identified oil sands deposits, with an estimated total of 20 to 32 billion barrels of oil in place.

The company is using a solvent derived from citrus in oranges to extract the oil from the oilsands ore, which Todd said, helps eliminate the need for large tailings ponds like those in northern Alberta. If it’s successful, the company may seek to monetize its technology through licensing agreements with oilsands mine operators around Fort McMurray, he said.

At a cost of $60 million, the capital cost of the mine in Utah will be roughly $30,000 per barrel of new capacity and will likely operate at a cost under $30 per barrel. Once U.S. Oil Sands proves that the company’s extraction method can work, Todd said the company could increase the size of the mine by 10,000 bpd and potentially build other oilsands mines on bitumen deposits in the States and around the world.

Une compagnie de Calgary qui va contribuer à la création d’une industrie exploitant les sables bitumineux aux États-Unis en utilisant une technologie qui réduit la pollution et qui permet de produire à 30$ le baril !

Temps dur pour les alter-mondialistes, les technophobes et les enverdeurs !


21 juillet 2015

La dette et les actifs Économie Europe Revue de presse

The Guardian

Welcome to Don Quixote airport: cost €1bn – now it could sell to China for €10,000
The Guardian

It cost €1bn (£694m) to build and was on sale for a knockdown price of €40m, but now looks set to be sold for just €10,000. Ciudad Real airport, one of the most notorious emblems of Spain’s economic crash, has found a buyer.

A Chinese-led consortium has emerged as the only bidder for the deserted site 100 miles south of Madrid, for an apparent bargain price after no one met the much reduced valuation. Its facilities include a runway long enough to land an Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, along with a passenger terminal that could handle 10m travellers per year. It is also in pristine condition because it has barely been used, having opened to international flights in 2010 as the eurozone crisis raged, only to shut two years later.

Appropriately for such a vainglorious project, the La Mancha airport was previously named after the region’s most famous, and deluded, literary export: Don Quixote.

The town and the surrounding region need the investment. Unemployment in the Castilla La-Mancha region stands at 28.5% and at 22% in Ciudad Real. The town of 75,000 people was founded in the 14th century and is of little economic importance. It is about two hours’ drive from Madrid, although a high-speed rail connection has reduced the journey time to 50 minutes, putting it within range of a commute to the capital. However, the high-speed line does not have a station connecting to the airport, an oversight symbolised on the site by an incomplete walkway for rail passengers.

J’ai trouvé cette nouvelle amusante puisqu’au Québec on aime bien dire que la dette n’est pas un problème puisque nous avons des « actifs »…

L’exemple de l’aéroport de Ciudad Real, construit pour 1 milliard d’euros et vendu 10 000 euros, nous rappelle qu’on peut uniquement connaître la valeur d’un actif lorsqu’on essaye de le vendre… Les surprises peuvent parfois être mauvaises…


20 juillet 2015

Les ingrats Canada Coup de gueule Économie Environnement Québec Revue de presse

Leader-Post

Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall “categorically” rejects Energy East comments
Leader-Post

Premier Brad Wall came out swinging on Wednesday at suggestions eastern provinces could block the Energy East pipeline if they don’t like western environmental policies. Speaking with reporters before flying to the premiers’ meeting in Newfoundland and Labrador, with evident frustration about the pipeline issue, Wall said “I categorically reject” the idea as a “principle of confederation.”

His comments stem from discussions between Alberta premier Rachel Notley and her Quebec counterpart Philippe Couillard on Tuesday. According to The Canadian Press, they talked about Couillard’s view that climate change policies need to improve for Quebec to get behind Energy East. That did not sit well with Wall.

As he likes to at every available opportunity, the premier reiterated that Energy East is three-quarters a conversion — not a new pipeline — and will benefit the whole country, freeing up Canada’s reliance on “foreign oil.”

Wall said there is a “growing sense of frustration” in the West, “because our economies … have been creating significant opportunities for all Canadians.”

“We’ve been contributing mightily to equalization, and I just don’t think this kind of talk is welcome, frankly,” he said.

“In terms of a licence … to build a pipeline, or in this case to simply convert a pipeline to move western Canadian energy across the country, how about $10 billion in equalization? That’s a pretty good licence. How about the massive jobs we’ve created here for all Canadians? That’s also a pretty good licence.”

In a parting shot, Wall said, “Maybe we need to have equalization payments start paying through a pipeline to finally get one approved through Central Canada.”

Si tu veux avoir le droit de dire non à un pipeline, assure-toi de ne pas recevoir de la péréquation à la province qui le demande…

Parce que tant et aussi longtemps que tu reçois de la péréquation, la seule chose que tu as le droit de dire c’est « oui monsieur » et « merci monsieur »…