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On Energy East and Real National Unity

Source: The Calgary Herald; Mark Ralston/ AFP/ Getty Images

Source: The Calgary Herald; Mark Ralston/ AFP/ Getty Images

Some proponents of the Energy East pipeline tout that it will help create ‘national unity’. They point to past large-scale development projects, like the national railway, which connected the country and made people feel a sense of national pride.

However, as this ope-ed points out, the dying oil and gas sector should not be the cause of our unity:

“When B.C. Premier Christy Clark made it clear in 2014 that British Columbia had no intention of supporting Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, we didn’t hear Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall questioning her commitment to national unity. Nor were British Columbians raked over the coals earlier this month when her government also rejected Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. We should stand in solidarity with the decision of Quebec mayors to choose a different future for their province — and the country.

“Canadians from all across the country, and from all political stripes, have had enough of an economy that depends so heavily on fossil fuels, which are destructive to produce, dangerous to transport and dirty to burn. Never mind the havoc that is unleashed on Canada’s job market thanks to unpredictable and volatile global commodity prices.

“According to an April 2015 poll conducted by Oracle Research for Climate Action Network Canada, 61 per cent of Canadians believe tackling climate change is more important than building the Energy East pipeline and developing the oilsands further. So why the outrage when 82 Montreal-area mayors say out loud what the majority of Canadians are already thinking?

“With oil at around $30 a barrel, and most oilsands production unable to break even, now isn’t the time to double down on a fossil-fuelled sunset industry. It’s time to diversify Canada’s economy by investing in a clean energy future, and we need our leaders to step up to the plate.”

Read more from the article here. 

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