Young rants on the oilsands and the damage done

Andrew Weaver (L), Eriel Deranger, Chief Allan Adams, and Neil Young answer questions during a...

Andrew Weaver (L), Eriel Deranger, Chief Allan Adams, and Neil Young answer questions during a press conference at Massey Hall in Toronto, Sunday, January 12, 2014. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

Jane Stevenson, QMI Agency

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TORONTO -- Neil Young is clearly no fan of the Harper government in Canada when it comes to the Alberta oilsands development, near Fort McMurray.

The 68-year-old Toronto-born, Winnipeg-raised rocker called Stephen Harper's Conservatives "a very poor imitation of the George Bush administration in the United States," at a Massey Hall press conference before his so-called Honor The Treaties show at the same venue Sunday night.

"Canada is trading integrity for money," insisted Young, seated beside Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Chief Allan Adam. "I see a government completely out of control. Money is No. 1. Integrity isn't even on the map. Anything that you're hearing from the government on the tarsands is just marketing. It's not truth.

"It is hypocritical. Some of the things that are being said by the leaders of this country, are pure hypocrisy," he added. "It's embarrassing as a Canadian to have to listen to some of this stuff."

 


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