Our gov­ern­ment should sell our oil

Calgary Herald - - EDITORIAL -

Re: “Industry vents over En­ergy East de­ci­sion,” Oct. 6.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter Jim Carr states that not build­ing the En­ergy East pipe­line is a busi­ness de­ci­sion.

Im­prov­ing our na­tional econ­omy and lead­ing a smooth tran­si­tion from oil to new en­ergy forms is not a busi­ness de­ci­sion, it is a so­ci­etal, gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion and should be the ob­jec­tive of our na­tional gov­ern­ment.

The fact that we, as a coun­try, can­not find a way to uti­lize our own oil while tran­si­tion­ing to new en­ergy forms should be seen by all Cana­di­ans as a colos­sal gov­ern­ment fail­ure.

Our oil has value to­day, but it may not in 50 years. Pay­ing other coun­tries for theirs and let­ting our oil’s value slip away for free is in­deed a trav­esty.

Strong lead­ers find so­lu­tions, weak lead­ers find votes. Un­for­tu­nately for all of us, it ap­pears find­ing votes is the No. 1 is­sue of fed­eral and pro­vin­cial lead­ers in Canada to­day. Ken Gu­tier­rez, Calgary

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