Neil Young oil sands tour continues as criticism mounts

Comments comparing the oil sands to Hiroshima after the atomic bomb raise ire of Wall and Oliver.

WINNIPEG — Rock legend Neil Young brings his aboriginal fundraising tour – and his criticism of the oil sands – to Winnipeg today (Jan. 16).

The Manitoba capital is the second stop on a four-city circuit in support of a First Nation that lives downstream from the Alberta energy development.

Young is facing mounting criticism over his comments that compared the landscape around the oil sands to that of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb.

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Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver called them insulting and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall called the remarks ignorant.

The president of Cenovus Energy, Brian Ferguson, says environmental groups and Hollywood celebrities have been making baseless accusations about the oil sands.

Young has been taking strong political positions for decades.

He is to perform on Jan. 17 in Regina and in Calgary on Jan.19 as part of the “Honor The Treaties” tour in support of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. The community is in a legal battle to protect traditional territory from further industrialization.

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