Preston Manning, former Reform Party leader who now heads a Conservative Junior Achievement Academy/Komsomol to
Manning went on to back Canada's sub-prime energy nightmare, the Tar Sands, which is about all you need to know about his own environmental bona fides.
Manning stressed that the ability of the country to sustain its quality of life hinges, in part, on the strength of the energy sector.
Without a strong energy industry that is contributing to the national economy and pumping tax revenues into government coffers, funding for programs ranging from equalization to medicare could be jeopardized, he said.
At the same time, Manning emphasized that Canada needs to burnish its environmental reputation so that it has more credibility
Manning said that, for instance, the ability of the federal government to eliminate the deficit in a timely fashion is dependent on the growth of the Canadian economy.
“And right now the big worry on that is that it has been the energy sector, to a large extent, that has been the one horse that has been pulling the economic cart out of the slough,” said Manning, a former MP from Calgary.
“With that sector being weakened by this inability to move petroleum to export markets, it’s a big threat to the budget balancing plan.”
Am I the only one who finds a Manning Centre for Political Orthodoxy just a little creepy?