Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s position on the Alberta oilsandsappeared to remain largely unchanged after his one-day tour of theregion on Thursday but his remarks were more moderate in tone. Mulcair was making his first visit to the oilsands, just a fewweeks after he criticized the industry for artificially inflatingthe Canadian dollar and hurting the manufacturing sector in EasternCanada. Speaking at a news conference at the provincial legislature,Mulcair said that the oilsands should be developed but on asustainable basis and that the high dollar is hurting all Canadianexports, not just those from the manufacturing sector. He continued to blame the federal Conservatives for what he viewsas their reluctance to enforce environmental laws in the oilsandsand make polluters pay.
“I wanted to make that a very clear point we’re talking aboutwhat the federal government is failing to do right now,” he said. Mulcair started his day early by taking a helicopter tour of theoilsands and visiting the Suncor site. Wood Buffalo mayor Melissa Blake speaks with media Thursday aftermeeting with Tom Mulcair. (CBC) “We were able, during the helicopter part, to really take in a vastvista of what was being accomplished and it’s extraordinarilyimpressive but it also brings with it real challenges and realchallenges that if we don’t assume in this generation, we’re goingto bear in future generations.” he said.
Mulcair held his news conference shortly after meeting in withAlberta Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk, who was taking the place ofPremier Alison Redford. Redford is in Virginia attending theBilderberg conference. Lukaszuk said he told Mulcair that Alberta does what it can toextract natural resources in an environmentally responsible manner,and that pitting one region of the country against another andpointing fingers at Alberta will not be tolerated. “I have provided him with expectations of the premier, frankly, ofAlbertans, not to be used in any political games and I believe thathe has heard that well,” Lukaszuk said. What did Mulcair say in response? “He listened and he took it under advisement,” Lukaszuk replied. Android Wifi Gps Phone
Mulcair said the meeting was “cordial” and called Lukaszuk a”gentleman.” Fort McMurray mayor disagrees with ‘Dutch disease’ theory Earlier in the day, the mayor of Fort McMurray, Alta., gave Mulcaircredit for touring the oilsands and meeting with localrepresentatives Thursday morning. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair (left) visited Fort McMurray as part of histour of the Alberta oilsands on Thursday. (CBC) “His passion is deep for the advances he’s trying to make in termsof environmental legislation,” said Melissa Blake. “He’s got somevalid points. He’s got some that I disagree with.” Blake said she emphasized she disagrees with how big a role theoilsands play in so-called “Dutch disease.” Before Mulcair departed for Edmonton, Blake gave him a loot bagthat included: A municipal development plan. Mini Laser Stage Lighting Manufacturer
Reusable shopping bags (plastic bags are banned in themunicipality). A water bottle. A pen and pencil set (Blake told Mulcair to work on policies inpencil as they may need to be erased and sign things in pen). A sponge buffalo (She told Mulcair to squeeze it when he’s stressedabout climate change, but to remember real buffaloes live on landreclaimed from oilsands mines) Some Fort McMurray residents said they wished that Mulcair hadvisited the region first before weighing in on the effects of theoilsands. China Resistive Touch Screen Tablet PC
“If you’re going to make a statement about a certain portion of theeconomy, or certain portion of the country, you should have somefirst-hand experience about it,” said Kent Pickett.