Bell: Kenney to Trudeau, Alberta wants $6.5 billion. Now.

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And if we’re shafted?

There’s still next year’s vote of Albertans on equalization. There’s possibly setting up an Alberta Pension Plan and a provincial police force.

There’s fighting the Trudeau carbon tax in court as well as the scrap over Trudeau’s No More Pipelines law.

“We’ve got a lot of arrows in our quiver. No one of those arrows is going to be a decisive victory in Alberta’s fight for fairness but together they’re a strategy. If anybody has a better idea I’m happy to hear it.”

Kenney also talked to federal Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, who says he’s 100% in Alberta’s corner.

There is the inevitable question for Kenney. What do you say to those who think you’re soft on Trudeau?

Kenney says he shares the anger of Albertans but wants results. Sorry, no hot zinger aimed at the prime minister in this column.

“Shouting and insults are probably not going to get us very far,” says Kenney.

“It may be emotionally satisfying to holler every day, which we do. But the most important thing is to get a darn pipeline built. And guess what? The federal government owns one. Trans Mountain.”

You have to think. Why are they doing this to us? Why does Alberta wear the Kick Me sign?

Kenney points to influential, detached-from-reality Liberals in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa.

“They seem to live in this fantasy world where they imagine you can just flick a switch, turn off oil and gas and maintain a prosperous, modern economy.

“It is irrational. It is deeply ideological. It is thinking belonging in a first-year college seminar room, not around a federal cabinet table.”

Kenney goes east. He thinks of his old school, Notre Dame in Wilcox, Sask., and its motto: Struggle and Emerge. It applies to this battle.

“We’re going to fight as hard as we can and we will emerge, one way or the other.”

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