Doom North is having a hard time getting its head around this one (cute picture, but we hope that’s a clip-on tie!):
CBC (2/13 ’12): “Community reaction to Harper’s China visit and panda pact”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has completed his relationship-building trip to China, during which he brokered agreements worth an estimated $3 billion dollars and secured the loan of two giant pandas.
Here’s the other shoe:
CBC “The Current” (2/13 ’12): “Where to Sell Alberta Oil” (with link to 25m audio)
Prime Minister Harper has returned from China where he was greasing the path for more Canadian trade. And there are few better lubricants than the bitumen from Alberta’s oil sands. Oil sands production is at 1-point-7 million barrels a day … and is set to grow to 3 million barrels by 2015. Both the Canadian and Alberta governments are counting on Asian and U-S customers to buy that oil at an ever-increasing prices.
Is this issue sensitive? Well, we’ve just passed the one-decade point in a flailing effort to secure control over a pipeline from Turkmenistan to the Indian Ocean. Seems like a funny time to make a massive head fake to the west (i.e. not West) with our own dirty oil.