I hope his eyes are brown! Syncrude is on trial as prosecutors allege that the company broke the law. Remember those stupid kids who sluiced ducks out of season and posted their hilarious video on You Tube? They were charged with killing migratory birds - and convicted. Afterwards, one of them said:
"What happened was severe," he added. "A few ducks were killed and that's tragic. But this has been getting coast to coast and international coverage when endangered species are being killed everywhere, all over the planet." http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2009/08/11/sask-youtube-duck-hunter-convicted-observations.htmlSounds rather like the arguments Mr Gwyn Morgan used. Yes, we killed a few ducks - but other people do worse things. I hope Syncrude's lawyers have better arguments than that to present in court. Is he suggesting that , since trials are expensive, that we shouldn't charge and try alleged child abusers? After all, worse things have happened - look at the Holocaust!
I think Mr Morgan is spinning on behalf of tar sands producers and their carefully built reputation. I'm sure he is worried about the effects on the industry if Syndcrude is convicted - and is therfore attempting to build support for the industry. However, suggesting that Syncrude and the industry should be exempt from the rule of law seems a tad excessive to me.