Former PM Clark talks environment and economy in St. John’s

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Former prime minister Joe Clark told an audience in St. John’s Thursday Canada needs to think more about competing on the international stage, and that means more than just fostering a strong economy.

Former prime minister Joe Clark speaks to a  Newfoundland Environmental Industry Association conference in St. John’s Thursday. — Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram

Clark was talking about the intersection of economic interests and environmental issues, and how that relates to the country’s competitiveness.

“For a long time, this has been a world where the nations of the west were in control — not just as an economic driver, but in other ways as well,” Clark told the audience at the Newfoundland Environmental Industry Association’s Newleef conference.

“The era of automatic dominance is over now, and our influence will have to be earned. That will put a premium on innovation, on reputation, on resource wealth and management, on respect for differences and other areas where Canada’s assets are unusually strong.”

Bit Clark said Canadians need to be concerned about environmental issues, aboriginal issues and other factors beyond sheer economic development because those things matter.

He pointed out that environmental groups are increasingly powerful actors in the world stage, and opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S.A. is partly driven by people who oppose the oilsands.

Organizations: Newfoundland Environmental Industry Association

Geographic location: Canada

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