Process the oil here.
That’s that Green Party leader Elizabeth May told Jon McComb in a CKNW interview earlier today.
“Greens are against raw log exports and Greens are against raw bitumen exports. And we would have more jobs in Canada if every single pipeline project was turned down and the bitumen was upgraded in northern Alberta. Now how do we reconcile upgrades in northern Alberta when you want to phase out fossil fuels? So it only makes sense to insure that you don’t expand the oil sands, but you create more jobs by processing the raw resource there, rather than shipping it out raw.”
May argues that processing oil means creating jobs in Canada while at the same time increasing taxes on the large corporations.
How to pay for all of her promises?
May says the Greens will pay for what they promise.
She says they will lower taxes for small business, but increase the tax rate for large corporations from 15% to 19%, where it was in 2009 under Stephen Harper.
“That brings $7.4 billion more into our revenue for budgeting and we go after, as other parties have pledged to do, corporate and individual tax havens, keeping tax money out of Canada.”
You can listen to the full interview here: