Coronavirus: Trudeau rejects ‘oil is dead’ claim from Greens, Bloc Quebecois

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
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Date Published: May 7, 2020

Source: Global News

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he rejects the claim made by Green and Bloc Quebecois leaders that “oil is dead” and should get no further government support amid the coronavirus pandemic. He stressed that the industry is an “essential” partner for the transition towards a cleaner economy and rejected calls from May and Blanchet for no further federal support for the struggling sector. However, Green Party parliamentary leader Elizabeth May, told reporters on Wednesday that the combination of the pandemic, growing demands for green technology, and the recent price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia to drop oil prices to rock-bottom levels in a bid to hurt U.S. interests, showed that the industry no longer has viable future prospects. Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet also said that while he could understand the government wanting to support jobs, he thinks “tar sands won’t be back” and any money coming for the province should be on helping the industry transition into clean technology.

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