Marc Bence/for metro edmonton
Labour unions, environmental groups and aboriginal leaders have teamed up to create single a voice against Alberta oilsands developments.
The Alberta Federation of Labour, the Sierra Club of Canada and First Nations leaders have created a small print ad campaign targeting rural communities.
The new campaign encourages people to get the province to stop approving new oilsands developments because, they say, it hurts the environment, exports jobs and it outpaces the province’s social needs.
"Regardless of the reason, there is one thing we all agree on — the first step is to stop adding to the problem," reads the campaign literature.
Gil McGowan, president with the Alberta Federation of Labour, says the Ed Stelmach government is currently ignoring concerns raised by Albertans, which will set the province up "for a big fall."
"The lack of a more reasonable pace for development in the oilsands is what’s behind our rising cost of living, it’s what’s behind our over-stretched municipalities, and what’s behind the concerns behind affordable housing," said McGowan yesterday during an interview. "We are going to pay a huge economic cost in the future if the province doesn’t act soon."