For those still seeking some quantum of solace after the devastating Trans Mountain court decision, turn your hungry eyes to Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi. In anticipation of another G7 meeting to be held this month in Halifax on the always resonant themes of “Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy,” it is reassuring to hear from Minister Sohi that his government has not, as all may have feared, forgotten either gender analytics or gender equity in this turbulent time.
From the minister: “Canada is leading by example to address the issue of gender equality in the G7 energy agenda. We will continue to engage key private sector and public sector leaders on this important issue and take actions to improve gender equality, particularly in the energy sector. We want to influence current and future leaders of Canadian industry to commit to meaningful action in the area of gender equality.”
Surely that’s a pillow to rest on in these fractious times for the oil and gas industry. Amid all the distractions about pipelines — getting Canada’s oil and gas to world markets, breaking the land lock around Alberta’s No. 1 industry — it’s more than encouraging to know that the really more pressing, more fundamental issues of the oil patch are not being sidelined.
Taking note that “Canada’s energy industry is gender-imbalanced” (than which there can be no darker stain on a nation’s social justice conscience) Natural Resources Canada issued a statement that Canada’s prime minister, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, “has made gender equality a priority for Canada’s G7 Presidency.” It will be dedicating one of its five main themes to Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the energy industry.
Following such assurances it is surely no surprise that they are lighting bonfires of celebration and relief in Fort McMurray as I type.
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