Wednesday, February 15, 2012
February 14, 2012
The Alberta Social Credit Party held its second Bitumen Upgrading Demonstration at the Alberta Legislature on February 13, 2012. Len Skowronski, Leader of the Alberta Social Credit Party was introduced to the Legislative Assembly by Harry Chase, MLA for Calgary-Varsity, “Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’m pleased to introduce to you and through you to all members Len Skowronski, leader of the Alberta Social Credit Party. Len and the Socred picketers outside are here today because they are very concerned about the billions of dollars Albertans are losing in added value from our oil sands by exporting bitumen instead of synthetic crude oil. They hope to encourage the government to legislate a policy that would require all bitumen produced from our oil sands to be upgraded to synthetic crude oil in Alberta. Please stand, Len, and receive the greetings of the Assembly.”
Slogans on the pickets included: “OUR OILSANDS ARE WORTH $150 TRILLION. HOW MUCH OF THIS WEALTH WILL BENEFIT ALBERTANS”, “WE ARE LOSING $24,000,000/DAY OF ADDED VALUE”, “LET’S GET FULL VALUE FOR OUR OILSANDS. IT’S ABOUT OUR MONEY!”, “WHAT ALBERTA UPGRADES, UPGRADES ALBERTA”, “PROVIDE JOBS FOR ALBERTANS BY BUILDING AND OPERATING UPGRADER PLANTS”, “WITH KEYSTONE XL WE WILL LOSE $40,000,000/DAY OF ADDED-VALUE”, “EXPORT SYNTHETIC CRUDE OIL NOT BITUMEN”, “BUILD UPGRADERS NOT BITUMEN PIPELINES”, “STOP BITUMEN EXPORTS NOW”, “STOP THE KEYSTONE COPS! (CANADIAN OIL PROFITS going SOUTH)”.
When asked if he thought the demonstration’s objective was achieved, Leader Len Skowronski replied “Our goal is to get the government to stop bitumen exports and have all bitumen upgraded to synthetic crude oil in Alberta. Our objective for this demonstration is to prod the government to act on this issue. But knowing the complacency of the cabinet on this issue, probably nothing will be done. Hopefully, Albertans will take notice, embrace this cause and get their MLAs to demand the government move quickly to stop this huge leakage of our wealth.”
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