Apr 09, 2014
By Andy Johnson
A former prime minister is calling on the federal government to create a resource development office to get domestic oil and gas moving overseas.
Brian Mulroney told a blue chip business and political gathering in Ottawa last night that what’s needed is risk taking leadership that will bring Canadians onside. Mulroney’s speech comes at a time when major pipeline projects are languishing in limbo; stymied largely by opposition from First Nations, environmentalists and ordinary Canadians concerned with the impact those projects will have on their communities. Mulroney also says there is a need for Canada and the United States to work together on both energy security and the environment, to set a new gold standard on environmental performance. Washington’s new ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, is also calling for more collaboration on the environment. Mulroney addressed Heyman directly in his speech, telling him Canada fully expects the United States to approve the Keystone X-L pipeline, and live up to its obligations under NAFTA.