Canada's former Governor General on peak oil

Ed Schreyer

13 Jan 2006 |
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Edward Schreyer, former Governor General of Canada and current NDP candidate in Manitoba, speaks candidly about the energy crisis and his return to politics with GPM's David Room.

"This is a matter of imminent emergency and necessity, to get on with the job of putting in place wind turbines, hydroelectric turbines and biodiesel plants... ethanol too, for that matter. And all this we have to do increasingly, and we have to get on with it... we have spun our tires these past 8 years now with the Kyoto protocol. The government of Canada has apparently got some kind of self satisfation out of saying it signed on... I keep asking after a thousand and one press releases, what has actually eventuated in the building of anything- and the answer is virtually nothing. In fact we've gone from bad to worse with natural gas consumption, and depletion therefore, of natural gas and oil."

Edward R. Schreyer was appointed Governor General of Canada by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1979 and retired from the position in 1984. He was later appointed Canadian High Commissioner to Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands, and as ambassador to Vanuatu. He held those positions until 1988. He served as national representative of Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit housing organization. He is also an Honorary Director of the Sierra Legal Defence Fund, and Honorary Advisor to the Canadian Foundation for the Preservation of Chinese Cultural and Historical Treasures, and a Founding Member of the Winnipeg Library Foundation. On December 15, 2005 Schreyer announced that he would run as the New Democratic Party's candidate in Selkirk—Interlake for the 2006 federal election. If he should win, it would mark the first time a former Governor General has been elected to the House of Commons. Canada's general election is 23 January 2006.

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