Meet the federal Liberal government’s new natural resources minister: The Honourable James Gordon Carr.
If you haven't heard of him before, don't feel bad. Neither had the Calgary-based Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC). They had to google him, too.
So, who is he? Carr is the new Liberal MP for the Winnipeg riding of South Centre - and he's green, really green.
Carr has been endorsed by the environmentalist think tank GreenPac, and he has referred to Canada as a "colossal fossil" regarding the federal government’s approach to climate change. Championing a national energy strategy, he once praised the efforts of disgraced former Alberta premier Alison Redford.
That's troubling, because Carr is the minister responsible for pipelines, mining, exploration, minerals and extraction.
At first glance, his appointment is hardly confidence-inspiring for those with ties to the mining world and to the oil and gas industry.
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