Apparently Gary Doer, our ambassador to the United States, doesn't have a lot of respect for people who disagree with him on whether or not the proposed Keystone XL pipeline should be approved.
Canada's ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer said Tuesday he is confident the Obama administration will approve the controversial Keystone XL oilsands pipeline if it is guided by facts about the project's safety and environmental impacts, and not the "noise" generated by opponents who protested for two weeks outside the White House.
You'd think someone who is now a professional diplomat might be just a bit more circumspect about the way he refers to people who oppose the pipeline and their reasons for doing so. His casual dismissal might be seen as just plain insulting. Personally I'm not too thrilled that someone who is supposed to represent me on the international stage has so little time for some of the people who oppose the project.
OTTAWA (September 7, 2011) - Nine distinguished recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize have written to President Obama, urging him to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline, saying his decision offers "a critical moment" to make good on his pledge to create a clean energy economy.
"We urge you to say no" to the pipeline and "turn your attention back to supporting renewable sources of energy and clean transportation solutions," says the letter (Download PDF), sent today. "This will be your legacy to Americans and the global community: energy that sustains the lives and livelihoods of future generations."
The letter was signed by nine Nobel Peace Prize laureates: Mairead Maguire and Betty Williams of Ireland, who shared the prize in 1976, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel of Argentina (1980), Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa (1984), His Holiness the Dalai Lama (1989), Rigoberta Menchú Tum of Guatemala (1992), José Ramos-Horta of East Timor (1996), Jody Williams of the United States (1997), and Shirin Ebadi of Iran (2003).
I might even be inclined to suggest that Mr. Doer should be recalled except that if he found himself suddenly unemployed, he might be tempted to run for the NDP leadership. I think I'd rather he stay where he is.