Yes The NDP Is Crazy: Linda McQuaig says oilsands ‘may have to be left in the ground’

Linda McQuaig, a star New Democratic Party candidate, says Alberta’s oilsands may need to remain undeveloped in order for Canada to meet its climate change targets.

The NDP candidate for Toronto Centre told CBC News Network’s Power & Politics there should not be a rush to extract from the oilsands without proper environmental assessments.

“A lot of the oilsands oil may have to stay in the ground if we’re going to meet our climate change targets,” McQuaig said.

“We’ll know that better once we properly put in place a climate change accountability system of some kind,” she told host Rosemary Barton. “And… once we have a proper review process for our environmental projects like pipelines.”

  • Liberal Progressive

    Global Warming will kill us all if we don’t put the United Nations in charge of the world economy to stop these threats to all of humankind.

    It’s time to stop big business and the capitalist destruction of our world.

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    • andycanuck

      Right on! With journalists being put in charge of everything.

    • mobuyus

      Unless you are being sarcastic you are a fucking fucking liberal idiot. You would turn our civilization into a third world shit-hole at the cost of our economy just so third world parasites can live higher on the hog on my labour and my treasure. Forget that in, your utopia there is no work and there will be no treasure, with you liberal “betters” lording over all the simple minions. That’s a declaration of war. Govern yourself accordingly asshole a lot of people do not take kindly to thieves and those that plan their thievery with-the help of foreign interests.

      • k1992

        I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure he’s joking. Even the name he chose is a bit of a joke,. It’s hard to be sure though, if he doesn’t choose to use the sarc. tag ….

        • mobuyus

          These commies have got me a bit jumpy lately what with all the jihad going around and now this foul odour released from the crypt of communism I find myself on a hair trigger most days.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Wait until winter and then we can go full metal jacket on them.
            A communist in the street at minus thirty is a juicy target.

    • canminuteman

      I’m prepared to take my chances with that. Humans have survived at least one cycle of glaciation/post glaciation global warming. What we won’t survive is a period of world wide communist goverment.

      • FactsWillOut

        Actually, we have not been around long enough to survive a full glaciation cycle.

        • canminuteman

          Maybe not, but people survived the global warming that caused the glaciers to retreat from about 20km north of where I currently live to the high arctic. There is a school of thought that says Europeans travelled from Europe to North America along the edge of the ice that ran from Spain to Virginia.

          • FactsWillOut

            Yep. It was the warming that allowed humanity to flourish.

          • Waffle

            This may be of interest. It was in my stock market newsletter;

            Colonel Drake is credited with drilling the first-ever oil well in Titusville, PA in 1859.

            But nothing could be further from the truth.

            You see, this may come as a surprise to you, but cavemen were the first oil wildcatters.

            That’s right: They extracted and used oil.

            How can that be, you wonder?

            Well archeologists have uncovered tools used by Neanderthals dating back some 40,000 years ago. Neanderthals used oil from naturally occurring oil seeps to adhere stones to sticks.

            As human society developed, so did the use of oil and natural gas. Around 3000 BC, man was using oil for the construction of buildings and waterproofing canoes, baskets, baths, and drains.

            In ancient Mesopotamia, natural asphalt was used in the construction of the walls and towers of Babylon.

            Around 1272, Marco Polo, while traveling through the city of Baku (Azerbaijan), witnessed oil seeps being worked in hand-dug wells.

            Natural gas was being used too.

            Around 1000 BC, a goat herdsman in Greece came across what looked like a burning stream at the top of Mount Parnassus. It was a flame rising from a crack in the rock. Most likely, a lightning strike ignited the natural gas.

            The ancient Greeks, believing the flame to be of divine origin, built a temple around it. This temple housed a priestess, known as the Oracle of Delphi, who gave out prophecies she claimed were inspired by the flickering flame.

            But it wasn’t until around 500 BC that natural gas was actually used as a valuable commodity.

            The Chinese would search to find where natural gas was naturally seeping out of the surface and, once they found a good seep spot, they built the first-known gas pipelines out of bamboo shoots. These were used to transport the gas to a giant fire under massive pots where they would boil sea water, separating the salt and making it potable water for drinking.

            Fast-forward 2,000 years to 1821, when the first natural gas well was drilled in the United States.

            William Hart drilled a 27-foot well in Fredonia, New York. How did he know where to drill? He asked the Native Americans who worshipped the naturally occurring gas flowing out of “burning creek.”

            Hart’s success lead to the first-ever utility company in America, called the Fredonia Gas Light Company.

            And ever since, oil and gas companies have used the observation of naturally occurring seeps to find massive oilfields.

            That’s because typically, where you see a seep, you find a highly-pressurized reservoir below. The high quality oil is literally being pushed out of the ground.

            Think about it. How did Colonel Drake know where to drill in Titusville? Well it was actually quite easy for him. Since Drake didn’t have the technological advantages of satellite images or 3D seismic studies, he took the easiest path for discovering oil: He looked down at the ground.

            You see, Titusville is a small town that sits near a creek. The name of the creek? Oil Creek.

            For centuries, the Seneca tribe used the oil that seeped into the creek for many things, including cures for sickness.

            For the next 40 years after Drake struck oil, Pennsylvania would supply the world one-third of its oil.

            Then came Spindletop in 1901.

            For years before the legendary Spindletop field was drilled in 1901, Texas residents had witnessed thousands of “tar balls” and miles-long oil slicks right off shore in the Gulf of Mexico.

            Spindletop quickly became the largest oilfield in America… larger than all of the previous oil fields in the U.S. combined.

            And it occurs all around the world. The second-largest oilfield in the world — Kuwait’s Burgan — was discovered by British geologists who observed hundreds of oil seeps at the surface in 1912.

            To this day, oil seeps are spewing crude in deserts, mountains, rivers, and oceans. In fact, it’s estimated that at least 100,000 barrels of oil a year seep out of the ground, naturally.

            Of course, 100,000 barrels is peanuts compared to what producers are actually pumping out of the ground every single day — right here in the United States.

            How much, exactly?

            How’s more than 9.2 million barrels — daily!

            And you better believe we’re making a fortune from this domestic oil bounty.

          • Linda1000

            That was interesting reading. Thanks.

          • mobuyus

            Oil comes from the earth and may go back into the earth no harm no foul.

        • mobuyus

          We have been around in one form or another for almost 2 million years. We’ll do alright come what may or come what might.

  • mobuyus

    A “climate change accountability system” you’ve got to be fucking kidding me? Add that to the ndp’s list of great ideas like the need for a “comprehensive peace plan” to deal with the islamist threat to our civilization. That moron is as ugly as she is stupid.

    • Petey

      She IS ugly – reminds me of Margaret Atwood, for some reason (I think it’s the vague, spacy look). I wonder why all leftists seem to look alike: Maybe they all suffer from an iron deficiency or something.

      • andycanuck

        Lead deficiency.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        They don’t get enough protein.

        • mobuyus

          I think Mcquaig syphons all the protein she needs from socialist schlong or unemployed progressive bums.

    • The NDP is insane.

      • jayme

        What the HELL was Alberta thinking in voting for them? I understand the angst toward the conservative in name only Conservatives; I understand that they were disappointed with Danielle Smith, but they still could have voted for Wild Rose, what was left of it.

        But the NDP?!

        • Ontario did the same thing, my bet is they will be a 1 term disaster.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Bob Rae knows he is Bob Rae NDP Premier of Ontario, let’s never do that again except pull out our hair and elect Wynne to do worse.

      • mobuyus

        They will soon be smoking the corpse of taliban jack.

      • BillyHW
        • El Martyachi

          No, Michael Coren knows where his bread is buttered.

          • BillyHW

            You just might be right.

        • mobuyus

          These two deserve one another.

  • andycanuck

    So she’s in favour of a natural oil slick that contaminates local water staying around instead of being cleaned up. Riiiiight.

  • WalterBannon

    communist lunatics

  • DMB
    • Cripes what an ass. She is.

      • Observer

        Sometimes I wonder where the NDP’s donations originate from

        • johnny scambo

          Liberal jews

      • BillyHW

        Not so much ass, but definitely a vagina.

  • CodexCoder

    And that industry that Hugo Chavez “developed” is almost extinct for the same reasons, the Venezuelan economy is on its knees, people can’t buy the essentials except on the black market (just like the USSR before the fall). McQuaig has no understanding of history or economics, like most of the NDP. She should go into the BC interior with nothing but an axe, a few essentials and build herself a cabin, grow or kill her own food, no plastics or fuel except wood, and then she might understand the way the world works.

  • canminuteman

    We have many examples, world wide, over the last century of what happens when these kind of people get into political power. We must resist with all our power.

    Capitalism is what free people do when you leave them alone. Any other ism is coercion. There is nothing stopping communists from formng voluntary communes and living there life communality. This has happened many times in history. The Israeli “Kibbutz” movement is a perfect example of this. Communists are free to do this. What they are not free to do is force me at gun point to join in. This is what they are trying to do, again. I will not sand for it. First at the ballet box, then with the bullet box. Democracy is not five men in a life boat voting to eat the sixth. There are some things that other people do not get to vote on. One is my personal freedom. People have no right to vote other people to become slaves of the state.

    • FactsWillOut

      Heh. An anarchist.

    • The pity is we don’t have capitalism in Canada, we do have a mixed corporate welfare state economy;)

      • mobuyus

        At my pad it’s capitalism, any kind of welfare ain’t my bag man.

  • FactsWillOut

    They want it left in the ground until they can nationalize the sector.

    • mobuyus

      Oil comes from the ground and if it spills back into the ground then what exactly is the fucking problem .

  • FactsWillOut

    “Conservative Party Leader Stephen Harper, along with other G7 leaders, has committed to a zero carbon economy by 2100.”

    The fact that people swallow this tripe is unreal.
    Food is made of carbon.

    • Observer

      Since both the Environmental Protection Agency and Obama refer to it as “Carbon Dioxide pollution” I guess we should do everything possible to eliminate the 0.03% of the air that is CO2 and therefore “pollution”.

      I am sure it will help all the plants we are dependent on for life.

      • canminuteman

        They will eventually get around to telling us that their goal is to kill all humans. I saw somewhere that we breath in normal air at 0.03 percent CO2 and exhale “air” that is 0.4 percent C02.

  • Cat-astrophe


    • Pretty much, the nDP will destroy the economy, and I say that as someone who has grown increasingly fed up with Corporate Canada and the Cons who together scammed the Temporary Foreign Workers program to deliberately suppress wages and whose free trade deals benefit the elite alone.

  • Allan

    Once again we have another uninformed idiot spouting off about climate change, by which they mean “global warming”. She thinks that sending Canada back to the stone age will do something to stop “global warming”. Never mind all the evidence coming out now about no global “warming”, for the last 20 years,, the falsified temperature data to make it look like the earth is about to melt, the polar bears are dying (they aren’t), the polar ice caps are melting (they aren’t), the sea level is rising (it isn’t). She is the perfect example of the “low-information” politician.

    • The NDP are modern Luddites as are the LPC, but in Ontario’s case Liberal party insiders were allowed to set themselves up with sweetheart deals under the disastrous energy policy in order to rob tax payers blind.

    • mobuyus

      Now they’re saying polar bears are having to dive deeper for food because of “climate change”. How can they know this? Have these nitwits measured polar bear deep dives? The implication being that we are forcing the polar bear through our environmental assault to evolve into something different a seal perhaps maybe even a man eating shark-bear.

      • canminuteman

        Polar bears don’t dive for food. They mainly eat seals, and they don’t hunt them in the water.I don’t know if they are that stupid, or they think we are.

        • mobuyus

          They are that stupid.

  • johnny scambo

    Oilsands aren’t economically profitable when oil drops to $30 a barrel

  • moraywatson

    Linda McQuaig should be required to live without heat, starting with this winter.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I thought all the shiftless Scots stayed behind in the old country.

    • mobuyus

      The reason Scotsmen wear kilts is that sheep frighten easily at the sound a zipper makes.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I love old jokes!

        • mobuyus

          A man meets Linda M in a bar and they agree to have kinky sex at her place. When they arrive Linda M. says I’ll go put something kinky on. She returns wearing a Jack Layton mask, a blue sweater and rubber thigh high boots. She notices the man going out the door and she says

          Where are you going I thought you wanted to have kinky sex and he replies ” I did I fucked your dog and shit in your purse”.