Demonstrators arrested at anti-oilsands rally on Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill protest

By Mike de Souza and Carmen Chai, The Gazette, 26 September 2011

About 100 protesters were arrested for civil disobedience in protest of the Keystone XL project that would add 3,100 km of pipeline to send 700,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta to 15 refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver described protesters (but made a point of saying "not all") as "extremists who want to kill Canadian jobs."  

Brent Patterson, political director of the Council of Canadians, explained, "There's so much concern right across the country around the tarsands, the destruction of water, the impacts on First Nations people and the amount of climate emissions released. There's concern that the Harper government isn't listening and actively promoting the expansion of the tarsands. This (protest) brings the message directly to Parliament Hill."

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Photo: Bruce Campion-Smith/Toronto Star