Join us for the Quebec City launch of Pipe Dreams. Jacques Poitras’ latest book has been described as a timely, accessible approach to how Canada’s oil pipelines become crucibles for debate about our energy future, Indigenous treaty rights, environmental activism, and east-west political tensions, told through the story of the rise and fall of the Energy East pipeline.
Told as an account of a cross-country journey, the book explores how western Canada alienation, Quebec separatism, Indigenous activism, and climate action combined to question the role of fossil fuels in Canada’s economy. The events took place at a time when the government of Canada, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was expressing its commitment to a carbon-reduced economy.
By the time the journey ended, the story had become a kind of whodunit: Poitras would witness the slow-motion killing of the fifteen billion dollar project–a series of blows dealt not just to a single pipeline proposal, but to Canada’s carbon economy. It was a death that also signaled, perhaps, the birth of something new.
JACQUES POITRAS has been the provincial affairs reporter for CBC News in New Brunswick since 2000. He is the author of The Right Fight: Bernard Lord and the Conservative Dilemma; Beaverbrook: A Shattered Legacy, which was a finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction; and Imaginary Line: Life on an Unfinished Border, which was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. His fourth book, Irving vs. Irving, was shortlisted for the National Business Book Award and won the Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Choice Award for 2015.