Canadian Tory government is a friend of the ANWR
The Bush administration's controversial plan to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling was approved by the House of Representatives in 2001, but the Tory government has quietly voiced its opposition to the plan. This is good news!
OTTAWA - Canada's Conservative government has been quietly lobbying U.S. lawmakers in Washington against calls to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - calls Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin supports.
Canada has traditionally opposed drilling in the pristine reserve. Yet the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been publicly quiet on the issue during its 2 1/2 years in power even as it pushes an aggressive Arctic sovereignty agenda for Canada that includes a greater military presence and economic development.