January 17, 2012

OUR NEIGHBORS ARE UNHAPPY: Canada not ‘giant national park’ for U.S., Harper says.

The environmental review process is for Canadians, and not to be used by Americans who want Canada to be “one giant national park” for North America, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says.

In an exclusive interview Monday with CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, Harper said it’s valid to have a discussion over how to strike a balance between jobs and environmental protection, but it’s one that should be left to Canadians.

“It’s one thing in terms of whether Canadians, you know, want jobs, to what degree Canadians want environmental protection. These are all valid questions,” Harper said.

“But just because certain people in the United States would like to see Canada be one giant national park for the northern half of North America, I don’t think that’s part of what our review process is all about.”

Funny, the usual suspects aren’t denouncing “Yankee imperialism” here.

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