The National Post contains an excellent column by Matt Gurney “Mulcair likes oil sands except when he doesn’t“, which clearly displays NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s Doublespeak on the oil sands.
“You’ll never hear me speaking against the development of the oil sands,” federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair told the Toronto Star last year.
It’s a theme he returned to last month, telling the Calgary Chamber of Commerce that, “the NDP will be a partner with the development of energy resources … we will be there with you.”
However, Mulcair apparently also agrees with the New York Times that President Obama should reject any involvement with Keystone:
…But then he went further, and told reporters that he agreed with Tuesday’s New York Times editorial calling on U.S. President Barack Obama to use his presidential power to reject the pending Keystone proposal.
“Global warming is a real issue,” Mr. Mulcair said. “We’ve got to start taking this seriously.”
So the way Mulcair seems to be trying to square this circle is to say well, the expansion should be in Canada and we should have the jobs – even if we lose out on increased oil exports and prices.
But as Gurney points out that really doesn’t make any sense:
He stands with the oil sands and the energy sector, and agrees we should burn the fossil fuels, but not by sending them south for more money than we’ll make by selling it domestically. Since that would be bad for the planet.
Is everyone clear on this?
No Tom, you can’t have it both ways.
And most of all you can’t defend Canada’s national economic interests and pander to Quebec environmentalists at the same time.
You should never have left provincial politics.
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NDP Leader who wants to be PM betrays our country’s national interest. Unbelievable. edmontonjournal.com/technology/Mul…
— Brad Wall (@PremierBradWall) March 12, 2013