Karen Elizabeth Lee
This is a letter I have sent to some newspapers - so far, no one has
To the editor:
A report by David Hughes, one of Canada’s foremost energy analysts,
was recently quoted in an article by Andrew Nikiforuk about the
Northern Gateway Pipeline.
I was interested in this because Mr. Harper has been accusing
“environmentalists and other radical groups” who may be funded by
“foreign interests” of trying to stop the pipeline and thus
deprive Canadians of jobs. I myself received a letter from the Office
of the Prime Minister stating this very thing – even though my
correspondence to the Prime Minister was to express concern over the
Northern Gateway pipeline. And, to clarify, I am a 63 year old,
semi-retired grandmother who actually lives in Mr. Harper’s riding
– not a radical.
I question why Canadians would support a proposal to export oil to
either the United States or China, giving them refining jobs and
supplying those countries with our oil, when nearly half of our
country (Quebec and Atlantic Canada) get the majority of their oil
from the Middle East (780,000 barrels)? Canadian money is going right
into the hands of those countries that Mr. Harper’s friend Ezra
Levant says produce “unethical oil”?
Why are we not refining the tar sands oil ourselves and selling it to
our own provinces? The money and the jobs would stay within the
Enbridge, who would build the Northern Gateway Pipeline, has been
responsible for 175 oil leaks or spills in the United States since
Why does Canada not have a credible energy plan that would help
ensure jobs for Canadians in the energy sector in the future?
I think that all the rhetoric about “environmentalists and other
radical groups” funded by “foreign interests” is just another
smoke screen to get people to support an unsupportable and unnecessary
project – the Northern Gateway Pipeline. And the question is, why?