Feds respond to Neil Young anti-oilsands tour

Canadian singer Neil Young (R) and Chief Allan Adams take part in press conference against the...

Canadian singer Neil Young (R) and Chief Allan Adams take part in press conference against the Athabasca tar sands at Massey Hall on Sunday January 12, 2014. Craig Robertson/QMI Agency

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:40 PM ET

The Prime Minister’s Office has responded to Neil Young and his anti-oilsands tour, saying some of these resource projects present First Nations communities with economic opportunities unprecedented in Canada’s history.

“The resource sector creates economic opportunities and employs tens of thousands of Canadians in high-wage jobs, contributing to a standard of living that is envied around the world and helping fund programs and services Canadians rely on,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s spokesman, Jason MacDonald, told QMI Agency.

“Even the lifestyle of a rock star relies, to some degree, on the resources developed by thousands of hard-working Canadians every day.”

A vocal environmentalist and critic of Canada’s oilsands, Young partnered with First Nations groups in Alberta for his Honour the Treaties Tour, which includes four shows beginning Sunday in Toronto, then Regina, Winnipeg and Calgary. Proceeds of the sold-out concerts go toward the yet undefined legal


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