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Benefits of the Oil Sands Inquiry

Canadian Senator launches Inquiry into oilsands

In an industry dominated by OPEC, the world needs more fair trade, conflict-free, ethical Canadian oil. 

Wednesday October 27, 2010

For Immediate Release

Ottawa – Today in the Canadian Senate, Senator Eaton launched a formal Inquiry into the benefits of Canada’s oilsands.

As Canada’s oilsands have grown in economic importance, they have come under increasing criticism. That criticism is often made on moral grounds.  But when measured by our national values, the oilsands are a good news story, a story that shows how our Canadian identity can shape our industries in a way that makes us an ethical role model to the world.

Senator Eaton (Ontario) started her speech by listing four Canadian values by which the ethics of any country’s oil could be measured: “environmentalism; peace; economic justice; and respect for minorities.”

“On each of these criteria,” said Senator Eaton, “Canadian oil is better than other countries’ oil. We have become the ‘fair trade coffee’ of the world’s oil industry.”

Senator Eaton called on Canadians to be proud of the moral standard set by the oilsands:  “In an industry dominated by OPEC, the world needs more fair trade, conflict-free, ethical Canadian oil.”

Senator Nicole C. Eaton was appointed to the Senate on January 26, 2009 for the province of Ontario.

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