Mulcair's Mistake Last Night


Last night, Thomas Mulcair told Canadian voters that the Energy East pipeline could be a “win, win, win” scenario. A win for the economy, a win for the environment, and a win for the climate.

Today, Toronto350 activists attended an NDP rally to make sure that the Honourable Leader of the Opposition understands that we do not agree.

Ex-Quebec Minister of the Environment, Mr. Mulcair said that the way forward was to fix the environmental assessment process and the National Energy Board. Our volunteers went to his rally in Toronto to ask a simple question – how?

How would he undo the damage done to the integrity of the Energy Board?

How would these improvements change the fact that building and running pipelines is inherently dangerous to the environment, increases our dependence on oil, and pumps even more carbon into our fragile atmosphere?

How could the 35% increase in tar sands extraction Energy East would facilitate be compatible with climate action?

Unfortunately, rather than engage our activists, the NDP had them removed from the rally.

The NDP's position baffles more people than us. They oppose Northern Gateway, they oppose Keystone XL. Energy East faces all the same problems but is a far bigger pipeline. It would stop the NDP from fulfilling the Climate Change Accountability Act if elected.

The Liberals are just as bad. Trudeau promised a "fixed" Energy Board would move resources to market. Trudeau promised to secure the oil industry Energy East.

We join millions of other Canadians in again urging all political parties to reconsider their positions on pipelines, which are a lose, lose, lose scenario. Throwing out dissenters is not the Canadian way and not how we will solve the most pressing issue of our generation.

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  • Milan Prazak Ilnyckyj
    followed this page 2015-10-13 20:41:03 -0400
  • Sp Grady
    commented 2015-08-12 14:24:08 -0400
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  • Ruth McVeigh
    commented 2015-08-09 22:05:29 -0400
    I totally agree with you in regard to pipelines. I am unalterably opposed in particular, to the Northern Gateway, having lived on Vancouver Island for 15 years. I will have to do some research to satisfy myself that your interpretation of Tom’s stand as well as what you claim he did re dissenters, is correct. I’m not doubting your word, just wondering if you are saying this from personal observation or based on reports.
  • Mike Toma
    commented 2015-08-09 17:56:19 -0400
    Fact is Gerry the economy will not stop moving, and environmental friendly party who throws the economy into choas because they shut down new ventures will be kicked out so fast they wont be able to fix anything.

    There’s what nice, then there’s dealing with reality.
  • Gerry Dunn
    commented 2015-08-09 16:53:48 -0400
    If we only choose “the safest available option” we will change nothing.
  • Emilie Hess
    commented 2015-08-09 14:58:24 -0400
    Trudeau would NOT be throwing out dissenters but would (and has) engage them.
  • Mike Toma
    commented 2015-08-09 13:12:00 -0400
    Win for the economy = not shipping oil out to buy it back later
    Win for the environment = IF (he was VERY clear) IF the proper environmental assessments are done it would be safer than other alternatives being considered.

    Fail Toronto350 for thinking that any chance of environmental damage is a lose. We live in the real world, SOMETHING will be done and picking the safest available option for the environment counts as a win. Get real.
  • Jo Hayward-haines
    commented 2015-08-08 11:18:02 -0400
    Oh, dear.
  • Gerry Dunn
    commented 2015-08-07 17:09:26 -0400
    Well done!