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Keystone XL pipeline not good for Canada, opposition leader suggests

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.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/13/keystone-xl-pipeline-canada-opposition-leader

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