An Open Reply to Joe Oliver’s Propaganda for the Petro State
ENERGY & EQUITY: Nikiforuk joins the fray.
Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee
“Canada’s Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver has just pulled a Hugo Chavez: he’s penned a formal and desperate attack on democracy and interfered in the nation’s allegedly impartial regulatory regime. And all for bitumen exports to China.
“In the process the Tory panjandrum has unwittingly highlighted the nation’s dangerous descent from messy democracy to full blown petro state.
“On Jan. 9 Oliver accused foreigners and “radical groups” of trying to derail the Gateway Enbridge pipeline as well as Canada’s tardy attempts to diversify foreign trade…”
Writer/researcher Nikiforuk has been nominated for the J-Source Canadian Newsperson of the Year award, honouring a Canadian who has demonstrated excellence and had a positive impact on the quality of journalism in their community or across the country.
Andrew Nikiforuk (The Tyee) “Nikiforuk wrote surely one of the best Canadian books of the year, Empire of the Beetle, a multi-faceted investigation into beetle infestations killing forests in Canada and beyond that was nominated for the 2011 Governor General’s Literary award…This year Nikiforuk also built upon his groundbreaking bestseller The Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of the Continent with 46 richly researched pieces about Energy & Equity, published by The Tyee, which challenge the assumption that Canada becoming a petro-state is inevitably good for Canadians’ well-being.”