Re­think pipe­line money

Toronto Star - - INSIGHT -

Re Oil CEOs say Canada makes it dif­fi­cult to com­pete, Oct. 11 If Cana­dian oil isn’t prof­itable and it’s de­stroy­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, why aren’t we, in the na­tional in­ter­est, pump­ing those bil­lions into elec­tric ve­hi­cles de­signed and built in Canada in­stead of fi­nanc­ing Big Oil’s greed and po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence while our gov­ern­ment spends $30 or $40 bil­lion on a pipe­line for a dy­ing in­dus­try?

Did they not get the memo on the im­pend­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal cri­sis? Per­haps that money would be bet­ter spent on the ris­ing cost of health care, feed­ing the hun­gry or as­sist­ing First Na­tions in Canada. Ca­van Gostlin, Oshawa In re­cent days there have been two ma­jor calami­ties that are af­fect­ing Canada’s en­ergy sources; the Saint John, N.B., re­fin­ery ex­plo­sion, and the gas pipe­line ex­plo­sion in B.C. Both will af­fect the de­liv­ery of en­ergy sup­plies to Cana­di­ans.

Th­ese two in­ci­dents re­in­force the need for Canada to build pipe­lines so we can get Al­berta oil to re­finer­ies, and have en­ergy sources that will en­sure Canada be­comes self-re­liant. The Trans Moun­tain and En­ergy East pipe­lines are a mat­ter of na­tional se­cu­rity for Canada. Both should be pur­sued ur­gently. Roger Cyr, Vic­to­ria

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