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Clark/Redford deal signifies nothing

November 5, 2013

VANCOUVER—Living Oceans reacted to the breaking news of the “deal” between Premiers Christy Clark and Alison Redford with disappointment, but no alarm.

“It really means very little, when we consider that Premier Clark just released a report by Nuka Research that makes it clear that her condition concerning ‘effective oil spill response' cannot be met,” said Karen Wristen, Executive Director of Living Oceans Society. “Quite apart from the impossibility of cleaning up spilled bitumen, there remains the completely unaddressed opposition of First Nations and a majority of British Columbians to seeing supertankers on the B.C. coast.”

Redford’s suggestion that the pact between the two premiers has bought “social licence” for pipelines in B.C. was dismissed as simply misguided. 

“Either the Premier does not understand the concept of social licence, or she believes that British Columbians are just waiting to be bought by the pipeline companies. Our polling indicates otherwise,” said Wristen.

Redford’s signature on Clark’s conditions really signifies little, as she has nothing to do with the satisfaction of the five conditions—she has put no money on the table. And Clark’s signature on Alberta’s “Energy Strategy” is equally meaningless: “That document, viewed in its best light, is purely aspirational,” said Wristen. "From our perspective, it is a stunning public relations document whose vision is so far from Alberta’s reality that it is difficult to see anyone placing any credence in it."

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Karen Wristen
Executive Director
Living Oceans Society
Cell: 604-788-5634

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