Actress Jane Fonda sat alongside First Nation leaders to criticize the oilsands, pipelines and the prime minister. She slammed Justin Trudeau for recently approving the Trans Mountain and Line 3 projects.
“I guess the lesson is that we shouldn’t be fooled by good looking liberals, no matter how well-spoken they are. What a disappointment. You know Trump is no surprise, but Trudeau, we all thought ‘wow,'” she said.
The Hollywood star participated in a Greenpeace event at the University of Alberta in Edmonton on Wednesday, when she said Trudeau betrayed the commitment he made during international talks on climate change in Paris.
Fonda also spoke about her stop in Fort McMurray on Tuesday, when she took an aerial tour of the oilsands and was told to “go back to where you came from” at the airport. She insisted her time in the province isn’t for trashing Albertans or oilsands workers.
“We have a common enemy,” she said while arguing the 12-hour shifts on mine sites will have adverse impacts on health. Fonda notes she is a celebrity, but she’s citing scientific research on using existing infrastructure to make the switch to renewable energy.
“According to experts, it’s enough to allow human kind to make a compassionate, well managed transfer to an alternative way. We don’t need new pipelines. Not here, not at Standing Rock, nowhere,” she said.
Other participants at the event included Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam, who has spoken out against oilsands pollution and the link to higher cancer rates in Fort Chipewyan. Grand chiefs from Manitoba and B.C. were also there, but Alberta grand chiefs were not listed as participants for Wednesday’s news conference.