Blue Rodeo singer Jim Cuddy released a statement on Friday evening defending Neil Young’s stand on the rapidly developing Alberta oilsands.
This comes after reports covered an interview he did on Thursday with Saskatchewan-based Missinipi Broadcasting Corp, a First Nationsl radio outlet. “He’s grossly exaggerating,”; Cuddy was reported as saying of Young’s comparison of Alberta’s oilsands to Hiroshima.
Neil is making his way across the country with his “Honor the Treaties’ tour that voices his concerns over the environmental and health impacts of the oilsands industry.
However, on Friday evening Jim issued the statement below clarifying his comments and reinforcing his support of Neil’s cause:
“I believe that Neil Young is brave and articulate and very well informed about the oil sands.
Right now, Canada is at a crossroads between economics and the environment and we need to make a very, very brave choice. How much revenue are we willing to sacrifice to ensure that we have clean water, clean air and good health for the people and the planet?
To clarify, I was asked about the town of Fort McMurray, not the oil sands. My comments regarding the exaggeration of the conditions there were about Fort McMurray. The oil sands are as visually grotesque as described. Fort McMurray, on the other hand, is a thriving town whose people are directly affected by the issue of the expansion of the oil sands.
This is not a trivial issue and it is not a time for the media to do anything but provide clarity. This is an issue that is vital to all of our best interests. It is essential that we have an open dialogue about it and we force our government to listen.”;