Following our broadcasts last month on the sentiment of some Albertans and Western Canadians considering or supporting separation from Canada over the Energy East pipeline, the decline of the oil sands and what is viewed as federal government indifference, Lakeland, Alberta MP Shannon Stubbs contacted the show and explained the challenges her constituents north of Edmonton are facing.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Trudeau was the guest of honour at the Center for Progress which has consistently referred to the oil sands as tar sands and which describes oil sands oil as “dirty oil.” AIP board member Tom Steyer is a billionaire who stridently opposed Keystone XL. When Trudeau spoke and answered questions at the Center for American Progress, the only reference he made to the oil sands and economic chaos for many residents and businesses in the area was to virtually whisper (once) “folks out of work because of low oil prices.” Not one word in defence or promotion of the oil sands and/or pipelines.
Most Canadian media soft-pedaled PM’s guest of honour appearance at the Center for American Progress. What is life like for Canadians where the Canadian Prime Minister said only “folks are out of work because of low oil prices”? Why is no one calling him out on his appearance at the CAP … or is it really no big deal?
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