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Since warhippy got mad at me for bringing this stuff up in the debate thread.


k reveals NDPs not-so-hidden agenda, Harper says



Last updated Sunday, Aug. 09, 2015 1:34PM EDT

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper says a high-profile NDP candidates assertion that some of the oil from Albertas oil sands may have to stay in the ground for environmental reasons reveals the New Democrats real thoughts about the development of Canadas energy industry.

Mr. Harper took five questions from the media at the end of a campaign announcement in Ottawa on Sunday morning but, when no reporter asked him about the controversial statements by Linda McQuaig, the NDP candidate for the riding of Toronto Centre, he volunteered his thoughts.

That is the NDPs not-so-hidden-agenda on development, said Mr. Harper. Lets remember, this is a party that not only has opposed every single one of these projects, this is a party where the Leader actually went out of the country to lobby against Canadian projects.

Ms. McQuaig, a well-known author, told a CBC television panel discussion on Friday that, for Canada to meet its climate change targets, a lot of the oil sands oil may have to stay in the ground.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has said he is open to oil sands development provided there is rigorous environmental protection and legislation to force oil companies to pay for pollution they create, including increased greenhouse gas emissions.

But, in a speech he made in Washington in 2013, Mr. Mulcair said millions of Canadians reject the Harper governments strident effort to push the Keystone XL pipeline as a way to unlock massive additional oil sands development.

Mr. Harper said the comments by Ms. McQuaig are reflective of the NDPs overall attitude about reaping the benefits from natural resources.

This is a party, for instance, in Quebec, in Northern Ontario, that binds itself with groups that are trying to shut down the Canadian forest industry, he said. The NDP is consistently against the development of our resources and our economy.

Walking the difficult line between environmental protection and the economic benefits of oil sands development could prove tricky for party leaders during the long election campaign that will end with a vote on October 19. The NDP risks losing support in Alberta where it is hoping to make gains if it is perceived to be standing in the way of the energy development that will create jobs.

Calgary Conservative Michelle Rempel said constituents raised Ms. McQuaigs comments while she was campaigning on Saturday.

It came up at the doors three times without me even saying anything about it, she told The Canadian Press. So people are very concerned, and rightly so, about economic stability.

The New Democrats later released a statement from their natural resources critic saying Ms. McQuaig was not referring to party policy, but to an international report that said oil sands production might have to be curtailed to meet climate change targets.

The NDP believes that developing our natural resources and lowering our green house gas emissions can go hand in hand, said Malcolm Allen in an e-mailed statement.

Kyle Harrietha, the Liberal candidate in the Alberta riding of Fort McMurray-Cold Lake where the economy is largely dependent upon the oil sands, accused the New Democrats of having multiple stances on the issue of development, depending upon their audience.

Mr. Mulcair is pro-oil sands and pro-pipelines in one part of the country, and anti-resource and anti-pipeline in another, Mr. Harrietha said in a statement. We must work together to get our resources to market and continue to grow our economy so all Canadians can have a real and fair chance at success.I

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Have you all seen Harpers pathetic attempt at appealing to the younger voters?

The video is awesome.


Lol, what's funny is somewhere and someway, Harper would introduce a tax at a higher level, say the ISP's who would in turn pass the cost on to the consumer.

One way or the other, Harper always wants to hit the little guy where it hurts.

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