I was first made aware of Joe Oliver’s ridiculous comments thanks to the Dogwood Initiative. I include below a small section of the letter:
Unfortunately, there are environmental and other radical groups that would seek to block this opportunity to diversify our trade. Their goal is to stop any major project no matter what the cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic growth. No forestry. No mining. No oil. No gas. No more hydro-electric dams.
These groups threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda. They seek to exploit any loophole they can find, stacking public hearings with bodies to ensure that delays kill good projects. They use funding from foreign special interest groups to undermine Canada’s national economic interest. They attract jet-setting celebrities with some of the largest personal carbon footprints in the world to lecture Canadians not to develop our natural resources
You can see the full letter from the Natural Resources Minister on the Financial Post
I feel that Joe Oliver should maintain a balanced view and should be open to all avenues and be available to listen to all people. It appears however, that he has already made his mind up on what should be done. His role is surely to remain impartial and to be there for the people, this letter has confirmed that he is not fit for his job and should resign from the position. Maybe he should go and work for the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) they agree with his letter, obviously!! See what they have to say!
I have come across a couple of great letters back to Joe Oliver and I invite you to read them.
Green Party MP – Elizabeth May – Read her open Letter
Tofino Activist – Greg Blanchett – Read Open Letter