By Letter to the Editor on June 11, 2020.
Among the 265, 21 academia from the University of Lethbridge recently signed and sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau regarding their recommendations for economic recovery planning for Alberta and Canada, March 2020. You can read the whole article online but I extracted a few direct quotes from the letter to show you that in my opinion, I consider these “intellectuals” opponents of the intentions of most Albertans and Premier Kenney’s recovery plan for this great province.
The letter begins like this:
“As Canadian researchers in multiple fields related to the climate crisis and the economy, we urge the government to channel public revenues both to the immediate health crisis, and toward economic planning that will provide long-term benefits for Canadian workers and families, our ecosystems and the climate.”
They’re telling Trudeau to NOT support oil and gas, the economic engine of this great province. It goes onÉ.
“However, public investment in oil and gas at this time is a highly speculative proposition, and particularly unwise given the urgent need for strategic investments in economic recoveryÉ
“We call for federal leadership to support an economic recovery plan that encompasses a green transition, not stop-gap measures, with income security for workers and a strong public sector [more government, my words]. To ensure that the interests of all Canadians are served, such planning must be transparent, with the inclusion of representatives from all sectors of society, including unions and Indigenous communities. We have no more time to lose; we must stop investing in the past and start investing in the future.”
The people from the U of L who signed this letter are opposing the intentions and efforts of hard-working Albertans.