In poker - even a friendly game - you don't show your opening hand and then bluff with draw cards.
As the Enbridge pipeline rift grows between Alberta and B.C., with the provinces' leaders fuelling acrimony rather than seeking middle ground, Premier Christy Clark has to realize she played her environmental hand when she gave B.C.'s regulatory authority to the federal government.
Despite giving up her province's environmental review process, Clark keeps trying to bring her card back to the table. Her only real environmental card is the public outrage in B.C. - and while that card has been effective in making Prime Minister Stephen Harper back away from the table a bit, Alberta Premier Alison Redford can easily counter with her own province's outrage against B.C.'s environmentalists.
If she wants to sway Redford and her Albertans, Clark has to come up with some economic cards. For instance, there is a growing demand within Alberta to have the Athabasca oilsands at least partially refined within Alberta's borders, so that any pipeline would carry value-added product, both in terms of price and the intrinsic value of creating jobs for Albertans.
Redford might understand the value of being able to drive her province's own energy economy, instead of bowing to the dictates of American and Chinese oil interests.
Instead of bickering and back-biting, the premiers of two provinces that could have so much in common should be spreading oil on troubled waters, but only in the figurative sense, please.
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