Prime Minister Harper in China on the tarsands:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper blasted “foreign money and influence” behind critics of Canada’s oil sands even as he welcomed Chinese investment in Canada’s energy sector…At the same time, he made clear he does not equate Chinese foreign investment in oil sands development with the unwanted “foreign money” behind environmental groups, and that he sees no irony in the contradiction.
He isn’t even trying anymore to hide what seems to many to be obvious hypocrisy on this position – and this article isn’t even mentioning other multinational or US based oil companies that spend millions promoting the tarsands to Canadians as being the greatest thing since sliced bread – a pittance compared to what donations environmental groups receive from donors in the US.
I note however a key “rival” missing out of this tirade – and that would be the First Nations groups, who many believe will be able to scuttle this, if it does meet with approval from the regulators. I’m waiting for that shoe to drop – though I have my doubts Harper can make any “foreign money” influences stick with them.