To see him standing up for a small First Nation that is fighting a giant foreign oil company is so inspiring.
An example to us all.
To hear him denounce Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime is music to my ears.
“Canadian rock icon Neil Young launched a blistering attack on the Harper government and Alberta’s oilsands at a news conference on Sunday, saying that he was ‘shattered’ after visiting a Fort McMurray industrial site he compared to the atomic bomb-devastated wreckage of Hiroshima, Japan.
Joined on the Massey Hall stage by representatives from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Young was especially scathing in his criticism of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ‘hypocritical’ administration, which Young said was ignoring science to irresponsibly drive corporate profits.
‘Canada is trading integrity for money,’ said the environmentally engaged 68-year-old rocker. ‘That’s what’s happening under the current leadership in Canada, which is a very poor imitation of the George Bush administration in the United States and is lagging behind on the world stage. It’s an embarrassment to any Canadians.’”
To see a great old guy like him speaking truth to power, and standing up for future generations moves me beyond belief.
“‘I want my grandchildren to grow up and look up and see a blue sky and have dreams that their grandchildren are going to do great things,’ he added later. ‘And I don’t see that today in Canada. I see a government just completely out of control.’”
For those First Nations are standing up for the future too. And their struggle is OUR struggle.
And when I see Stephen Harper’s ghastly minions sailing waddling out to meet the challenge to their Oily Empire, it makes me want to scream with LAUGHTER.
“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. Our government recognizes the importance of developing resources responsibly and sustainably and we will continue to ensure that Canada’s environmental laws and regulations are rigorous. We will ensure that companies abide by conditions set by independent, scientific and expert panels.’
They’re RESPONSIBLE? Canada’s environmental laws are RIGOROUS? They will ensure that oil companies listen to SCIENTISTS?
OMG. Are the Cons still in deep denial? Do they still take us for fools? Or have all those scandals driven them CRAZY?
And can you believe those shabby oil pimps trying to pit “hard-working Canadians” against Neil Young?
Or having the gall to talk about jobs so soon after this debacle?
What will the PMO do next?
Wheel out their greasy songbird?
To take on a legend like Neil Young?
Who is more Canadian than they could ever hope to be?
Gawd. They really must be crazy DESPERATE.
No wonder when I hear this song, in the darkness of Harperland.
I always feel like shouting freedom, freedom, FREEDOM!!!!!
Did you see that Canadian flag waving proudly in the crowd? Did you see all those young people cheering that old man? No wonder the Cons are so worried eh?
Here’s to the great Neil Young who NEVER sold out.
Here’s to our beautiful First Nations whose rights will NEVER be extinguished.
Here’s to my awesome progressive brothers and sisters who are fighting the Con regime with them. And will NEVER give up.
Until the glorious day of victory when we shall rock together.
In a free Canada . . .