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How about turning off the oil taps to China? 

By Susan Riley      

Water may flow to the sea, but will Canadian oil ever get to Chinese ports? There are indisputable environmental and practical reasons to oppose the idea. China’s bellicose language, its targeting of Canadian citizens and punitive trade measures have just added another.

Why are we so eager to sell Alberta bitumen to China when that country is treating Canada with such thuggish disdain? Why share our resources with people who are holding two Canadians hostage—even confiscating veteran diplomat Michael Kovrig’s reading glasses last week, in a cruel turn of the screw—and also threatening key industries? Screen capture image courtesy of Global News

CHELSEA, QUE.—Why are we so eager to sell Alberta bitumen to China when that country is treating Canada with such thuggish disdain? Why share our resources with people who are holding two Canadians hostage—even confiscating veteran diplomat Michael Kovrig’s reading glasses last week, in a cruel turn of the screw—and also threatening key industries?

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