Prime Minister Paul Martin will discuss Canada's opposition to drilling for oil in an Alaskan refuge during talks with U.S. President George W. Bush this week.Now it isn't that I find this pathetic, it is just that I suspect there is a huge number of Canadians out there that believe Paul is being tough on our southern neighbour. Now if we turn it the other way, I wonder how the average Canadian would react if an American president came here and told us what to do with our natural resources?
“The Prime Minister will use the time available to raise matters of bilateral concern, and that includes ANWAR [Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refugee],” a federal government official told reporters at a technical briefing Monday in Ottawa.
Just for spite I'ld love to see BusHitler give Martin grief about Canada's oil industries in Alberta or Newfoundland. Shut them down damnit and to hell with the consequences! At the least it would get that holier-than-thou look off of Martins face.
I wonder if Paul will sulk if BusHitler tells him to stuff it? Some tears maybe?
Anyways, I also got a kick out of this quote:
Last week, the U.S. Senate voted narrowly in favour of allowing oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWAR) — a move long opposed by the Canadian government because of its potential impact on the fragile northern environment. The U.S. President has been pushing to open up the area for drilling to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign crude imports.I'ld just like to know what exactly allows this region to qualify as a "fragile northern environment"? The author of the report doesn't seem to think it important to elaborate on. But still, how is a frozen landscape with a little bit of greenery considered fragile? Is it more fragile than the neighbourhood I live in?