We are witnessing millions of taxpayers' dollars spent in advertising to promote the federal government's resource-development agenda. Simultaneously, additional ads costing millions more proclaim the federal government cares about the environment. I laugh at the irony.
Just a few months ago, the Harper Conservatives rolled back environmental regulations and assessments to ease approval and construction of oil pipelines, primarily the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipeline. It will pump oil-sands bitumen, extremely heavy crude oil, from Alberta through British Columbia to the Pacific Ocean bound for China. In all probability, a major bitumen spill will occur off our coast.
Canadians don't need taxpayers' paid advertising purporting to be factual from the Conservatives. We need, instead, debate in Canada's Parliament about the true facts of sustainable resource development, which creates jobs that are healthy and safe, and a clean environment.
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