Honourable Senators, I rise to shine attention on the Keystone XL pipeline.
This important project has attracted persistent resistance from the expected suspects.
The likes of numerous environmental extremists, backed by big unions and the NDP, are firmly against developing our “ethical oil” and willing to abandon Canada’s interests by killing jobs and growth.
They also seem content to continue buying OPEC oil to meet a demand that is not going to disappear overnight.
However, there is more to these protests.
Our domestic industries have come repeatedly under attack, both directly and indirectly, by non-Canadian interests.
These “interests” I speak of are deep pocketed, left wing, U.S. Foundations, who fund numerous Canadian charities and non charitable organizations alike to fight the development of the oil sands.
In fact, two of the three main sponsors of the recent Ottawa protest, Greenpeace Canada and the Council of Canadians, are heavily funded by these very foundations.
However, Honourable Senators, it is not merely our oil sands that have been targeted by foreign interests, but our forests, our fish, and our seals to name but a few examples.
Canadians must be wary of their message, suspicious of their intentions, and careful to discern whose interests such protests support.
Canada is a world leader in sustainable and responsible extraction of oil, and all other resources for that matter.
Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, yet no longer a member, points out that these environmentalists are misleading the public.
He commends the quality of work that goes into oil sands reclamation efforts and stresses they are unlike any other he's seen at other operations for oil, coal and other resources.
He argues that these operations often leave the production sites in better environmental shape than they were before oil was taken.
The hypocrisy of these critics for continuing to support oil producing countries that show little regard for the environment or sustainability is obvious.
However, in Canada this is not how we do things!
We strive to be the best.
Canada has thrived through innovation, and we will continue to do so.
The oil sands are no different.
This, honourable colleagues, is the future.
The Keystone XL project is expected to generate 140,000 Canadian jobs and $600 billion in economic activity over the next 25 years.
The Oil Sands offer countless economic opportunities and jobs, and a secure, stable, respectful, and environmentally responsible source to meet the ever growing demand for oil.
These benefits are in Canadians interests!
Not those of foreign foundations and the groups they support!
I hope you will join me in continuing to support this specific project and the industry as it moves forward.