Pipe­line hyp­ocrites

The Globe and Mail (BC Edition) - - OPINION -

Re En­ergy Goal Posts (let­ters, Oct. 11): Canada is a na­tion of hyp­ocrites. Quebec gets bil­lions in equal­iza­tion but blocks pipe­lines car­ry­ing Cana­dian oil, which sub­stan­tially con­trib­utes to th­ese pay­ments.

Mon­treal’s mayor talks about pipe­line en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact – but is okay with oil tankers in the St. Lawrence sea­way, a po­ten­tial ecodis­as­ter? De­nis Coderre is con­cerned about pipe­line safety – but ap­pears to have for­got­ten about the Lac-Mé­gan­tic dis­as­ter?

Canada con­sid­ers it­self a cham­pion of hu­man rights but chooses Saudi oil over eth­i­cal Cana­dian oil. Our fed­eral govern­ment was given pow­ers by our found­ing fa­thers to avoid in­ter­provin­cial bick­er­ing, yet seems to cater to some prov­inces – even when it doesn’t make sense.

– Dan Petryk, Cal­gary

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