Source: Toronto Star
In exploiting every last drop of tar sands crude, the government is impoverishing our country, its democratic freedoms and its future prosperity.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Canada is fast becoming a place that I no longer recognize. In the last year, federal policy has aimed to remove any obstacles to tar sands expansion using repressive tactics that undermine our longstanding democratic traditions. There seems to be no higher federal priority than doing whatever multinational oil companies demand and we – you and I – are being systematically denied any role in Canada’s natural resource future.
The Canada I know takes pride in its abundant natural resources – its vast and magnificent forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife. Sadly, this legacy that defines us as a nation is now servant to the appetites of oilmen. Our federal government is too willful and too blind to see that in exploiting every last drop of tar sands crude they impoverish our country, its democratic freedoms and its future prosperity.
Look no further than the current controversy over the “muzzling” of scientists in seven federal agencies, including the Departments of Environment, Fisheries and Oceans, and Natural Resources. Or the $8-million fund that was established in June of last year to crack down on the advocacy work of charities – in particular, environmental charities opposed to the government’s tar sands agenda.