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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.
Press Release | Posted: March 17, 2013
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) is calling for a full accounting of the public money spent lobbying in favour of the highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline, according to a recent CEP press release.
In recent weeks several Conservative ministers have flown to Washington to push the approval of the pipeline while Harper has made it the top priority for Canada’s embassies and 22 consular offices in the U.S for 3 consecutive years.
During his working visit to Washington, D.C. this week, Canada’s Federal Opposition leader Tom Mulcair, warned Americans about “Chinese intrusion into the North American energy market”. And about the security risks Canada potentially faces after the Harper Government authorized the purchase of Canada’s Nexen oil company by CNOOC, a state-owned Chinese company.
Taken together, FIPA and CNOOC’s takeover of Nexen effectively limit the ability of Canadian governments to independently control our own natural resource policy, while ceding enormous control over our resources to a foreign power.”
Mulcair also accused the Harper government of “negotiating a secret treaty with China that will give that country unfettered access to Canadian oil and gas reserves.”