“The four NDP members of the Natural Resources Committee wanted to look at the operations for ourselves,” Gravelle said, in a press release.
“What Tom Mulcair is saying makes sense. The oil sands need to be developed in a sustainable manner rather than too fast as is happening now. Municipalities need time to catch up as they are lacking housing, roads, airports, social programs and
Accommodation is expensive – a house trailer sells in the $400,000 range except no land is available on which to put it. Affordable housing is practically non-existent, the press release said.
Gravelle and MPs Peter Julian (Burnaby Westminster), Lauren Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles), Linda Duncan (Edmonton-Strathcona) and Jaimie Nichols Vaudreuil-Soulanges toured the Suncor Energy site in northern Alberta, getting an overview on the tailings pond reclamation process.
The NDP MPs also met with Mikisew Cree First Nation Council and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and labour representatives.
Mulcair has made it clear that a sustainable development of the oil sands means calculating the true costs and thinking ahead several generations in order to benefit Canadians, the economy and the environment, the press release said.
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