In “The Pragmatists’ Pipeline” (Winnipeg Free Press, Jan. 25) Gary Doer insists Keystone XL doesn’t violate his environmental principles.
Doer wants to be both forest protector and pipeline proponent, but he is betraying concessions that he once stood up for.
As premier of Manitoba, Doer initiated the safekeeping of half of the boreal forest, approximately four million hectares, on the east side of Lake Winnipeg.
As ambassador, Doer favours the Keystone XL pipeline delivering a product derived from the Alberta oilsands.
To date, hundreds of kilometres of boreal forest in that area have been disturbed by mining operations and even more will become victimized.
Doer should continue to be chastised. His environmental principles have been compromised, and are not worthy of support — at least not in Alberta.