It was a picture I didn’t think I’d ever see; an NDP Premier, in this case, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley , standing side by side with oil company executives talking about the need to get workers back to the oil fields as soon as possible after the devastation of the Fort McMurray wildfires.
Some of Notley’s fellow NDP’ers who embrace the Leap Manifesto must have been breathing into a paper bag to control their hyperventilation as they heard Notley talk about how important oil is to the Alberta and Canadian economies.
It’s not often that an NDP leader will stray from the gospel according to idealism and take a pragmatic approach to the economy and frankly, it was a welcome change.
Premier Notley gets it; yes we need to be environmentally sensitive, but our economy needs oil production and it needs pipelines to get the product to market.
To be oblivious to that, as Leap Manifesto advocates are, is to be living in an abstract world of idealism that could prove to be catastrophic to the Canadian economy.
The human cost of the Fort McMurray disaster is not lost on any of us, and thankfully, Canadians are responding as we knew they would.
But getting back to work and re-booting the economy will be an important part of that recovery for Fort McMurray and Canada.