Comments by Neil Young lit up the Twittersphere Monday after the Canadian rocker blasted Alberta’s energy sector. “It’s an embarrassment to Canadians,’’ he told a news conference at Toronto’s Massey Hall on Sunday.
“I want my grandchildren to grow up and see a blue sky and have dreams that their grandchildren are going to do great things. And I don’t see that in Canada. I see a government that is completely out of control.”
CBC talk show host Jian Ghomeshi posted a note of thanks on Twitter for the “overwhelming response” to his interview with Young on Monday.
“Canada is trading integrity for money,’’ said the 68-year-old singer and writer, who was scathing in his comments about Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “hypocritical” administration, which he said is ignoring science to irresponsibly drive corporate profits.
“Money is number one. Integrity isn’t even on the map.”
Proceeds of Sunday’s concert were to be directed to fund the legal expenses of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, which is lives roughly 200 kilometres downstream from oil sands development and is embroiled in a legal battle to protect their traditional territory from further industrialization.
Jason MacDonald, a spokesman for Harper, countered that “projects are approved only when they are deemed safe for Canadians and (the) environment” and stressing that the resource sector creates “economic opportunities” and “high-wage jobs” for thousands of Canadians.
“Even the lifestyle of a rock star, relies, to some degree on the resources developed by thousands of hard working Canadians every day.” (With files from The Canadian Press)