Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Canada Needs an Image Change


Canada's ambassador to the United States, former Mulroney crone Michael Wilson, warns that we're going to have to work hard to shed our image as, "a purveyor of dirty oil."

"This image (of Canada) is fed in part from negative perceptions of the Canadian oil sands industry. But it also stems from a general under-appreciation in the United States of Canada's considerable efforts to reduce carbon emissions and to increase renewable energy production (as well as) a general under-appreciation of just how much our two economies are linked."

Maybe before he launches that spin on a skeptical White House, Wilson might want to try convincing Canadians of "Canada's considerable efforts to reduce carbon emissions and to increase renewable energy production." Just what considerable efforts would these be, Mike? Tell us where to look. It sounds to me a lot like George w's frantic search for WMDs in Iraq. It'll take more than fairy tales about carbon sequestration in Athabasca too.

There's no doubt we do need an image change but that's probably not in the cards until we get a change of government in any case.

1 comment:

Jymn said...

What a joke. Talk about self-deception. The only way Canada will get an image change is with a change in leadership to a progressive one.