Feds’ record on environment makes ads tough to swallow

True resource development policy flies in face of recent TV ads

We are witnessing millions of taxpayers’ dollars spent in advertising to promote the federal government’s resource development agenda.

Simultaneously, additional ads costing millions more proclaim the federal government cares about the environment.

I must admit, I laugh at the irony.

Just a few months ago, the Harper Conservatives rolled back environmental regulations and assessments to ease approval and construction of oil pipelines, primarily the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipeline.

It will pump tar sands’ bitumen, extremely heavy crude oil, from Alberta through British Columbia to the Pacific Ocean bound for China.

In all probability, a major bitumen spill will eventually occur off our country’s West Coast.

Canadians don’t need taxpayer-funded advertising purporting to be factual from the Conservatives.

Instead, we need debate in Parliament about the true facts of sustainable resource development, which creates jobs that are healthy and safe, and a clean environment.

Paul Connolly

Victoria

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