Statement made on 01 February 2012 by Senator Grant Mitchell
Hon. Grant Mitchell:
Honourable senators, the government has made much of the ethical oil argument in defending Alberta's interests abroad and in trying to bolster the government's anemic effort to enhance our environmental reputation abroad. The argument, of course, is that the U.S. should buy our ethical oil in order to replace the oil that is now bought from places like Iraq, Nigeria and Venezuela. The argument does not work particularly well because it is so transparent that people can see right through it. For example, if it is so important for the U.S. to stop buying unethical oil, what does that say about the kind of oil that Eastern Canada is forced to buy because they are buying it from exactly the same countries?
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