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NEWS: European MEPs to visit tar sands, Nov. 1-5

The Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association website notes that from Monday November 1 to Friday November 5, there will be the “33rd Interparliamentary Meeting with the European Parliament’s Delegation Responsible for the Relations with Canada (with visits to) Fort McMurray and Edmonton, Alberta; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada…”

That’s at http://www2.parl.gc.ca/iia/Association.aspx?Lang=E&DCId=4&DTId=6&P=activities&ORGId=1385.

As we noted in a Council of Canadians campaign blog on September 30, CBC National News reported earlier this week on whether ‘foreign governments’ (including European governments) want to build ‘relationships with or barriers to’ the tar sands.

Susan Ormiston reported on ‘Tarnished Earth’, a photo exhibit on the destruction resulting from the tar sands that was displayed prominently on a walkway by the Tower Bridge on the Thames River in London, England.

Ormiston highlights that the European Parliament will be fine-tuning a new fuel quality directive this fall. More on that in a campaign blog at http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=4260. Her report shows Dutch Green Party Member of the European Parliament Bas Eickhhout saying ‘investing in the tar sands is the wrong way to go’.

She notes that Alberta sent its environment minister Rob Renner to Europe last year to promote the tar sands, and that European MEPs will be visiting Alberta this November.

The Council of Canadians will be looking for opportunities to intervene in this and to raise the concerns we have about the relationship between the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the tar sands.

The CBC video-report is at http://video.ca.msn.com/watch/video/picture-imperfect/16akaztto.