Mark Blinch Canadian Press Photo 2014
On his recent concert tour, Neil Young invited three Federal Cabinet Ministers to appear on stage with him in Toronto to discuss the tar sands. To no one’s surprise, none of the Ministers took up the invitation.
In Calgary the fossil fuel industry association proposed he sit down with them and discuss the tar sands. He accepted on condition that the industry accept a Canadian environmentalist, David Suzuki, as moderator. The fossil fuel industry proposed another individual not acceptable to Young. So that “discussion” did not take place.
Young’s concert tour objective was to raise money to help cover the legal expenses of a court challenge by the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) to regulatory approval of the expansion of the Jackpine tar sands mine, a Shell Canada site upstream from the First Nation.