‘Not con­vinced’

National Post (Latest Edition) - - CANADA - John Neufeld, Mon­treal. Charles Hooker, East Garafraxa, Ont.

Re: Con­trol­ling Our Eco­nomic Des­tiny, Peter MacKay, Feb. 22.

It has be­come in­creas­ingly clear that con­trol­ling our econ­omy is just as easy as con­trol­ling cli­mate change, both of which are in­trin­si­cally linked. Peter MacKay writes, “cli­mate change can be best ad­dressed by tech­nol­ogy.” Where is this tech­nol­ogy? Are there jobs re­lated to it?

I am not com­pletely op­posed to a pipe­line, but it lacks a plan to slowly de­crease our de­pen­dence of dirty, ex­trac­tive re­sources and move to­ward re­new­able en­ergy. “Pub­lic dis­cus­sion full of rhetoric and emo­tions” are high on both sides of the pro- and anti-pipe­line fence. Cana­di­ans can no longer turn a blind eye to the dam­age that ex­trac­tive prac­tices have done in the world. As a civ­i­liza­tion, we should be cau­tious, learn­ing from our mis­takes or ask­ing how we can do things bet­ter. The short­sighted idea of dig first, talk later is not a rea­son­able plan. Cana­di­ans are not con­vinced. Peter MacKay is cor­rect in urg­ing that the En­ergy East pipe­line be con­structed. Its in­flu­ence could well ex­ceed that of the na­tional rail­way of the 1800s. The logic be­hind En­ergy East is so ob­vi­ous, I marvel at the hes­i­ta­tion in Ottawa and the ob­jec­tions raised by Que­bec. Are we a na­tion of em­pire builders or a con­glom­er­a­tion of nar­row- minded political is­lands? I hope that MacKay re­turns to pol­i­tics. And wins.

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