Thursday, September 12, 2013

Canadian Conservatives Cut Research Funding but Spend on Fossil Fuel Pipeline

The ruling Canadian Conservative party has cut $148 million for research while spending roughly the same amount of tax dollars to support the Northern Gateway Pipeline project.

Under President Barack Obama the US has invested billions in scientific research and education while Harper's Conservative government has slashed research funding. The Canadian government has cut funding to the three agencies that support basic research at Canadian universities.

Federal Green MP Elizabeth May has said that her party has gained access to documents showing that the federal government is using $120 million in Canadian tax dollars to support the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.

According to May the pipeline research is being carried out off the north coast, where Enbridge hopes to run oil tankers as part of its proposed Northern Gateway project.

"The fact that the federal government is using our tax dollars to back stop Enbridge's failure is shocking,” May said. She further argued that such research should be funded by Enbridge not the Canadian government. 

The money is being spent to in an effort to sway the current provincial government in B.C. which officially opposes the Northern Gateway pipeline project due to environmental concerns.

"We cannot support the proposal as it stands," said B.C. Premier Christy Clark. "The thing about the Green Party and my party is this: we take a clear position and we stick with it."

© 2013, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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