SOURCE: Guardian (UK)
Thomas Mulcair criticises Canada’s Conservative government and says pipeline is exacting heavy environmental cost
Canada‘s opposition leader spoke out against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline during a visit to Washington on Wednesday, breaking with the Canadian government’s full-on lobbying push for the controversial project.
In appearances around Washington, Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the New Democratic Party, was scathing of the Conservative government’s environmental record and strongly suggested – without saying so explicitly – that he does not believe the pipeline is in Canada’s interest.
“We would never have made this a priority if we had been a government,” Mulcair told reporters after a speech at the Wilson Centre, a Washington thinktank on Wednesday.
The remarks were a clear break with Canada’s Conservative government, which has dispatched cabinet officials and provincial premiers to Washington, New York and Chicago this month to push Barack Obama to approve the project.