Thursday, January 19, 2012

U.S.-based environmentalists have declared economic war on Canada

The environmental movement in the United States has, in effect, declared an economic war with Canada. U.S.-based environmentalists are spending millions of dollars and large doses of political capital to prevent Canadian bitumen from reaching American domestic markets, and they have every right to do so.

But, when they couple these anti-Canadian efforts with the millions of dollars more they are spending here in Canada to prevent our oil from reaching our coast from which it can be exported elsewhere, they are, in effect, waging and economic war on this country.

President Barack Obama has shown, once again, that the U.S. is only a real friend to Canada when it suits its purpose. Former president Bush made that clear more than once in his eight years in office, but our leaders don’t seem to get the message.

Now we find ourselves behind the eight-ball: loads of Canadian oil in the ground + loads of worldwide demand for oil = loads of Canadian oil in the ground. Go figure!

“Canada will continue to work to diversify its energy exports,” a statement from the PM’s office said. Too little, too late. “If at first we don’t succeed, we’ll try again,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Baird. Well, good luck with that. And Alberta Premier Alison Redford wasn’t much more helpful.

We elected leaders to lead and govern, not to substitute platitudes in place of effective management and leadership. The Conservative government has been in office for some six years now, what tangible steps have they taken to establish other markets for our oil? Precious few, as I see it.

© 2012 Russell G. Campbell

1 comment:

  1. I agree. I don't hold the Conservatives responsible for these things while they were a minority government, since they were forced, or so it seemed, to pander to the opposition made up of all other parties. Now that they have a majority, they have no excuse for not acting, and I expect them to ensure that a Canadian pipeline is built to the coast and not to allow it being held up for years due to foreign lobbyists and their money, which is used to fund radical groups here. It is imperative for us to diversify our trade and move away from almost total dependence on the Americans. One does not need to be anti-American to understand that Canada must act in Canada's best interest.