Can't we protect the environment and get rich off resource wealth?

Energy minister Diana McQueen responds to the Canadian government's decision to accept the National...

Energy minister Diana McQueen responds to the Canadian government's decision to accept the National Energy Board's recommendations on Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline proposal. Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency

David Akin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:46 PM ET

OTTAWA — Like you, I want it all.

I want a pristine Canadian wilderness at my disposal for the day when I and my urban family might visit some part of it.

And yet, like millions of us in all parts of the country, my pension funds and the mutual funds I'm depending on for my retirement income are investing in Canada's resource industry and, in that way, improving my household wealth. Resources can make us all rich.

And I know the governments that give my family health care and (usually) safe roads to drive on depend on the taxes and royalties created by resource wealth. I want all that government stuff but I'd rather resource royalties paid for it than more of my taxes.

So I would like to see Enbridge Inc. build its $6-billion pipeline between Alberta's oilsands and the Pacific Ocean port of Kitimat, B.C. My family -- and families like mine all across the country -- stand to benefit from access to new markets for Alberta's oil.


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