‘When it comes to an environmental assessment process, many Canadians have a stake in both the process and the outcome. New Democrats recognize that this is
entirely legitimate. Interestingly, one must ask themselves: whose interests
are the Conservatives representing? Canadians or the interests of the
American and Chinese companies who will profit from the pipeline?
Furthermore, while the Conservatives feign concern over foreign donations to
Canadian NGOs, they seem to have no problem with one of their favourite
think-tanks, the Fraser Institute, receiving 9% of their funding from
foreign sources! (Annual Report, Fraser Institute, 2010 (pg 39):
We are glad that President Obama has listened to people’s concerns on both
sides of the border, questioning whether this pipeline is worth the high
environmental and social cost. This outcome is the direct result of this
government’s inaction on the environment and refusal to properly regulate
the oil sands. That’s why some of our closest trading partners are shutting
their markets to Canadian oil.
For our part, we have been consistent in our call for the government to ban
oil tanker traffic on the BC coast. Building on NDP past work that included
a motion calling on the government to ban oil tanker traffic on the BC
coast, in June 2011 NDP MPs Fin Donnelly and Nathan Cullen laid out a
legislative proposal for a permanent ban on oil supertanker traffic off the
north coast of British Columbia.
We have long felt that these supertankers are all risk and no reward – it’s
all about shipping raw bitumen from Alberta’s tar sands to Asia.
Additionally, banning oil tanker traffic would effectively stop any move by
Enbridge to ship oil through its planned $4.5 billion Northern Gateway
You may also be interested to know of our party’s efforts to cut subsidies
to non-renewable energy producers, and redirect these revenues into clean
energy projects. We feel that the Conservative government’s irresponsible
support for the fossil fuel industry is leaving Canada behind and costing us
You can read more about our ideas to help achieve a cleaner and healthier
environment by visiting:
still, for the ndp, it’s about jobs. that ties you to the corporations and their values. that change is a sham.