An excerpt from the above linked-to CEP (Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada) bulletin follows:
** “Mr. Paradis has no credibility as Natural Resources minister. He should resign.”
Coles was reacting to a La Presse report based on freedom of information disclosures that Paradis told Illinois businessmen last summer that the XL bitumen pipeline would create 342,000 jobs in the United States.
CEP has opposed raw bitumen exports and has consistently called on the Canadian government to require oil sands producers to upgrade bitumen in Canada.
CEP has also argued that the closure of Shell’s Montreal refinery is a result of the failure of the Canadian government to require that Alberta bitumen and synthetic oil be made available to Eastern Canada for upgrading and refining. **
Our elected representatives look after themselves, which requires them to look at where they stand in the mafia capitalism pecking order and kiss butt or not kiss butt accordingly, whatever the needs and objections are of those who they officially politically represent.