“If this government doesn’t start to realize where its bread is buttered … even animals learn where their sustenance comes from and they don’t bite the hand that feeds them. This government has been biting the hand that feeds it in an inexorable fashion,” says Seymour Schulich.
One of Canada’s most respected and successful entrepreneurs is warning that the federal government is biting the hand that feeds them and risking separatist sentiment in Alberta & Saskatchewan due to their approach to Canada’s energy industry.
Speaking to BNN Bloomberg, Schulich said “If this government doesn’t start to realize where its bread is buttered … even animals learn where their sustenance comes from and they don’t bite the hand that feeds them. This government has been biting the hand that feeds it in an inexorable fashion.”
“I’m sincerely worried if they don’t approve [the Trans Mountain expansion] and start to be more conscious of the energy industry’s place in our country, we’re going to fuel separation in Alberta and Saskatchewan,” added Schulich.
“When you have 50 per cent of the people being polled saying they would consider such a thing … I lived in Quebec in the troubling times and I don’t remember the polls ever getting that high. They might have gotten very close at the end, but during the process, I don’t ever remember them being that high.”
Schulich’s warning must be heeded, as he has a wealth of experience and success to draw upon that informs his view on current events in our nation.
He also pointed out something that is not said nearly enough: Canada’s emissions are a minuscule percentage of global emissions.
“We are 1.5 per cent of the emissions in the world, and the oil sands, which has become the whipping boy for everything, is about one-tenth of that. What are we doing? We’re basically taking an industry that employs 558,000 – it did employ it – and we’ve put up a giant sign [that says] ‘we’re not open for business.’”
You can watch his BNN Bloomberg interview below:
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