Friday, August 19, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
International pressure against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is mounting. It's believed that nearly two-thousand people have been killed and many more thousands arrested since the Syrian protests began in March. Calgary-based Suncor Energy does business in Syria. Today we talk to the company CEO about that and about how to decide when to leave.
Today's guest host was Jim Brown.
Part One of The Current
It's Friday, August 19.
President Barack Obama is under fire for barnstorming the US heartland in a bus built in Canada.
Currently, NDP leader Nycole Turmel was furious as well, until she learned it was made in Quebec.
This is The Current.
Suncor - Rick George
Yesterday Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined other world leaders to demand that Bashar al-Assad step down immediately as president of Syria. Washington imposed new sanctions. They include freezing Syrian assets in the States and prohibiting U.S. companies from dealing in Syrian petroleum products.
Canada has had some economic sanctions in place since May. But one of its largest energy companies still has operations in Syria. Suncor supplies natural gas to the domestic Syrian market. We spoke with Rick George, the President and CEO of Suncor. He was in Calgary.
Suncor - Paul Dewar
Suncor's Syrian operation is only a small part of its assets. But the natural gas project it runs in Syria is worth about $1.2 billion.
We requested an interview with the Foreign Affairs minister John Baird, but he was unavailable.
Paul Dewar is the NDP Foreign Affairs critic. He was in Ottawa.
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