Ryan Cleary visits Alberta

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MP hopes to meet with N.L. workers in Fort McMurray

New Democratic MP Ryan Cleary is on a tour in Alberta this week. — Submitted Photo

While much of the province was deep in a turkey coma this weekend, New Democratic MP Ryan Cleary was on the job, and on his way to Alberta.

Cleary said when he travels, he’s often surrounded by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians on the plane.

This week, while the House of Commons is on a break, he’ll be going to visit those constituents.

“Every single week that I fly back and forth from Ottawa, I spend it on the plane with Newfoundlanders and Labradorians coming back from the West on rotation,” he said.

“I feel like in a way, I’m going to see a part of Newfoundland and Labrador I haven’t seen before.”

Cleary was scheduled to fly to Fort McMurray Monday to do a tour of the oil sands, and meet with municipal officials and locals.

Over the course of the week he’ll also travel to Edmonton and Calgary for meetings.

Cleary said Alberta has been a critical part of Newfoundland and Labrador’s recent history, and we owe it a debt of gratitude.

“We would’ve been a helluva lot worse off. It’s brought back a lot of money,” Cleary said. “If you drive around the bay, you see new homes, you see new rigs, and a lot of that money comes from Alberta.”

As far as the oilsands is concerned, he said, he doesn’t know about the environmental issues in too much detail yet, but he’s well aware of the economic impact it’s had on Newfoundland.

“When I think of the oilsands, I think, ‘thank God for the oilsands,’” Cleary said.

“If it wasn’t for the jobs in the oilsands, Newfoundland and Labrador wouldn’t have done as well as we’ve done over the past 15 or 20 years.”

He said in Fort McMurray, 17 per cent of the population is made up of Newfoundlanders and Labrado-rians.

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Geographic location: Alberta, Fort McMurray, Newfoundland and Labrador Ottawa Edmonton Calgary

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  • Tim Jamison
    October 10, 2012 - 14:43

    Cleary already betrayed us Newfies when he voted against C-19, which killed the LGR, which was severely abusive to all gun owners. It was used to steal property and send people to prison wrongfully and he voted to keep it. Guess what else he'd vote for? He'd vote for Mulcair's cap-and-trade carbon tax (which would be the biggest tax in Canadian history) and he'd try his best to shut down the oil sands, where our boys go to work. We need a conservative to take his seat in 2015. He's less than useless

  • High Flyer
    October 09, 2012 - 08:56

    Look for a job while you are there Cleary you'll never get re-elected to a 2nd term back here.

  • newfie in manitoba
    October 09, 2012 - 08:27

    QUIT THE BS is right. didn't the NDP leader called the alberta oil sands dirty oil? why would a overpayed NDP mp from newfoundland/labrador be touring alberta? if he wanted to do something useful and waste tax dollars, maybe he should visit newfoundlanders in manitoba and maybe volunteer at a soup kitchen and see first hand what is NDP friends have done to the province with its massive billions in debt. its little wonder why so many of us are turned off by these politicians, it seem they have very little respect for our money.

  • QUIT THE BS
    October 09, 2012 - 07:29

    you better tell your leader that mr. cleary. if the ndp have their way the oil sands would be no more, so quit the BS. if it came down to supporting your leader or if he said jump, you would say how high, so stop wasting our tax dollars on air fares and stay in your riding that you represent.