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PM to China: wanna buy some oil?


 

On the third day of his trip to China, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made clear on Friday that Canada will sell its oil and gas to whomever wants to buy it—and China certainly has the appetite, judging from the billions of dollars in acquisitions and investments its government-owned companies have recently put in the Alberta oil sands. Harper also used the occasion to criticize “foreign money and influence that seek to obstruct development in Canada.” Alberta Conservative MP Brian Jean is notably preparing a bill that would ban funding of what he and Energy Minister Joe Oliver call “radical groups,” referring to the environmental groups who oppose Enbridge’s construction of the Northern Gateway pipeline.

Enbridge CEO Pat Daniel is in China with the PM. He said Friday the Chinese are frustrated with the length of time it takes to approve the $5.5-billion, 1,177-kilometre pipeline that would take oil from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia. From there, it could be easily shipped to China and other Asian markets. Most of Canada’s energy resources currently go to the U.S., which recently rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would have taken crude oil from Alberta to Texas. Despite the opposition to the pipeline, Daniel is optimistic it can be built within the next three years and start operating by 2017.


 
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PM to China: wanna buy some oil?

  1. “Enbridge CEO Pat Daniel is in China with the PM. He said Friday the Chinese are frustrated with the length of time it takes to approve the $5.5-billion, 1,177-kilometre pipeline that would take oil from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia.”

    Quelle surprise. The Chinese have no time for dissent in their own country. Why would they have time for it anywhere else?

  2. Interesting that your piece above states that after passing along the Enbridge-China pipeline, the toxic bitumen from the tar sands “could easily  be shipped to China.”  This, in spite of the fact that huge tankers will be navigating through narrow treacherous waters on a regular basis … The people of BC understand the dangers along their coastline, hence the long-standing and popular ban on tanker traffic … But the pushers of the China-Harper Axis of Oil insist on ignoring the lessons of the past, so they can concentrate on the profits of the future … The real foreign radicals are the large corporations buying up the oil sands with little or no concern for Canada’s energy and national security.

  3. Harper claims he raised issues of democracy and human rights with China; and then Harper portrays the disent of Canadian citizens as foreign funded attempts to obstruct development in Canada.   I doubt if that comes off as credible to the China
     
    Meanwhile back in Canada …  Advertisements for the Conservative Economic Action Plan (so called) promote the Conservative Party at taxpayer expense.  The Conservatives spend Millions of taxpayer dollars promoting the Conservative agenda; but the Conservatives killed the per vote subsidy for Political Parties.  (The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance reports that at least 65 Democratic nations have subsidies for political parties.  It is a practice recommended in support of democracy.)  

    • B.S.  i didn’t vote for “X” Party so why should my tax dollars go to “X” Party

  4. “Alberta Conservative MP Brian Jean is notably preparing a bill that would ban funding of what he and Energy Minister Joe Oliver call “radical groups,” referring to the environmental groups who oppose Enbridge’s construction of the Northern Gateway pipeline.”

    Sorry but this looks like a prime example of bad or lazy reporting. A complete ban? How? Or are they just planning to play around with the tax credit thing? I suspect the latter which will not deter opponents for one moment. This the way the corporate crowd thinks, because they might fold if some kind of subsidy was removed they think that’s all that motivates opponents of the pipeline in this case – it doesn’t; they’re just diggiing the bad PR hole a little deeper for thenselves and fueling the opposition. This will get nasty before it’s done.

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