Svend Robinson, NDP candidate for Burnaby North-Seymour, speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday January 24, 2019.
Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS
Svend Robinson, take a hike.Go take a long walk off a short pier.Return to political obscurity.Buzz off.These are all things we would say to former NDP MP and current political phoenix Robinson, who has made his return to the political stage, were we in the same room.We also hope those are similar sentiments offered to the notable NDPer by current leading light in the Dipper movement, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Maybe all of our social licence thanks to the carbon tax and other green initiatives will shut Robinson up.Not holding our breath though.Why such a fuss over the return of a political dinosaur? Because Robinson has hitched his wagon to the notion that Canada shouldn’t approve any new oil and gas infrastructure. It’s a dying industry, he says.Not just Alberta’s hoped for Trans Mountain pipeline, but also B.C.’s LNG line, which currently has the support of Robinson’s party leader, and byelection candidate, Jagmeet Singh.While the federal NDP sorts out its story on which tack to take on the LNG line, we hope more Albertans shout down Robinson’s anti-oil rhetoric.After all, if we’re to believe the premier and the prime minister, we can be working toward a strong environment while keeping an important piece of the country’s economy going.But the likes of Robinson would rather help beggar the economy of the two western-most provinces than work toward that joint goal.Jobs are important, as are resource royalties that go to provincial coffers to help pay for social programs that a guy like Robinson is a big fan of. Not to mention that in Alberta, industry is also paying for its emissions, which helps pay for the province’s much ballyhooed climate plan.No matter. At the end of the day, the resource development is the purview of the provinces, and even without pipelines, we’re doing our best to get market access for our oil, as much as can be carried by rail. And soon by the Line 3 pipeline, and hopefully by Trans Mountain, which has a good chance of being re-approved after a renewed consultation process.In the meantime, Robinson can pipe down.