Q exclusive: Neil Young says 'Canada trading integrity for money'


Hear the radio version of Jian's interview with Neil Young by clicking here or watch the TV version, first filmed for The National, below.)

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Legendary musician Neil Young is mounting a rally cry against "the ugliest environmental disaster" that he has ever seen or "could even comprehend". In an exclusive interview with Jian Ghomeshi, the storied wanderer offers an unfiltered condemnation of the Alberta oilsands, brushes off his critics, and stands by his controversial comparison of Fort McMurray to atomically-devastated Hiroshima.

"I always felt that Canada was a different place, where the values were different and where we cherish the natural surroundings that we're in. But my visit to Alberta changed a lot of that for me," he told Jian.

Neil Young also defended his right to be political. (You can watch that clip, specifically, in the window below.)
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On Sunday, Young kicked off the Honour the Treaties tour -- a series of benefit concerts raising money to fight an expansion project at the oilsands in northern Alberta.

Young has partnered with the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, who argue proposed developments at the Jackpine Mine will violate treaties and wreak harm on local wetlands. Alongside jazz singer Diana Krall, Young hopes to raise money for the ACFN's legal defense fund.
 neil-young-620.JPG Neil Young speaks during the Toronto leg of the "Honour the Treaties" tour (Mark Blinch/CP)

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