Today, we flew around Alberta's oil sands. This global industrial project has replaced a once-thriving boreal forest with a mixture of toxic surfaces and tailings ponds.

Before I came here in person, I knew things were bad, but I can say now that they were worse than I thought.

The environmental movement must continue to fight the tar sands. This project cannot continue. The human and environmental costs are too high. We don't need all this oil, we don't need these back-breaking jobs, and we don't need to continue destroying Alberta's environment.

Alex TAlex Tyrrell
Leader of the Green Party of Quebec

This afternoon, we took a guided tour of Alberta's oil sands. We crossed Tar Island and headed for Fort McKay.

During the trip, the air smelled like horrible petrochemicals. It got to the point where we had to wear gas masks just to drive on the highway.

Every day, workers are endangered by exposure to these horrible chemicals. Anyone who says there are good jobs here is ignoring the air quality and health risks involved.

We've asked the industry to show us around its various facilities. Later in the week, we'll visit the oil sands and their tailings ponds by small plane.

More information to come!

Alex Tyrrell B.Sc. Env
Leader of the Green Party of Quebec

 

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