Monday, January 09, 2012

Say Joe,

Be careful with them words.

Environmental and other "radical groups" are trying to block trade and undermine Canada's economy, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said Monday. Oliver's comments come one day before federal regulatory hearings begin on whether to approve Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline, which would deliver crude from Alberta's oilsands to Kitimat, B.C., for shipment to Asia. More than 4,300 people have signed up to address the proposed pipeline over the next 18 months.
"Unfortunately, there are environmental and other radical groups that would seek to block this opportunity to diversify our trade," Oliver said in an open letter. "Their goal is to stop any major project no matter what the cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic growth. No forestry. No mining. No oil. No gas. No more hydro-electric dams."
Oliver says the groups "threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda," stack the hearings with people to delay or kill "good projects," attract "jet-setting" celebrities and use funding from "foreign special interest groups."

Joe Oliver is getting pretty close openly labelling Canadian environmentalists enemies of the state. Does he realise there are millions of us?   


Grant G said...

Radicals, I welcome that label..

If that#s what they call people fighting for clean water and breathable air, so be it..

Harper is making a big mistake.

Good Day

Steve said...

Stop the madness, there are places online to sign up, do it for the children.

karen said...

I have been signed up for a couple of months to speak to the Joint Panel Review. I am no jet setting celebrity, nor do I know any, or take my opinions from them. I have not received one penny of foreign sponsorship. I am one northern resident who thinks that one oil spill off that coast, or one leak in that very long, very isolated pipeline is too many. If valuing a long term planet for all of us over some short term money for a very very few makes me a radical, then so be it.

ron wilton said...

Actually, Oliver is right. The 'radicals' have hijacked the hearings.

They have also hijacked our parliament, our government, our democracy, our self respect and our international reputation.

The real 'radicals' in this comic opera and in this country is/are the Reform Party of Canada, hiding under the skirts of the former Con party.

We should take Oliver at his word and get rid of the 'radical' Reformers before they destroy the entire country with there wacky off the wall right of far right ideology.

If they want a fight, let's give the basrards hell!

ron wilton said...

And after we kick the crap out of the 'basrards', we'll go after the 'bastards' too!

Noni Mausa said...

The Opposite Party strikes again. It's a deeply confusing strategy to accuse your opponents of doing what you yourself are doing in spades. It works even better when you have no shame and no fealty to the strictures of reason. Anyone who uses this strategy has disqualified themselves from any legitimacy in public discourse. Unfortunately this doesn't stop them.


geoff said...

His words had the ring of an old jim crow activist: "It's them there outside agitators causin all the trouble." Course given he's one of the authoritarian CRAPos he also has the ring of a certain ME guy who also spoke yesterday saying something along the lines that there was a "foreign conspiracy" afoot seeking to undermine the rule of law. I did wonder when I heard the crazy minister whether the Harper gang had given up stealing lines from old Australian PM speeches and shifted to adopting outright dictator's taking points.