Rocker Neil Young's oilsands comments missing the facts: Saskatchewan premier
Neil Young speaks during a press conference for the 'Honour the Treaties' tour, a series benefit concerts being held to raise money for legal fight against the expansion of the Athabasca oilsands in northern Alberta and other similar projects, in Toronto, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. (Mark Blinch / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014 1:04PM EST
REGINA -- Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says musician Neil Young's comparison of the oilsands to Hiroshima is insensitive and ignorant of the facts.
Wall says he believes Young lost a lot of credibility by making the comments before a concert in Toronto on Sunday.
Young held a news conference during which he compared the landscape at a Fort McMurray industrial site to the devastation caused by the atomic bomb in Japan.
Wall says he disagrees with how Young is characterizing the industry, but adds it's a free country and Young is welcome to speak his mind.
The premier acknowledges more needs to be done for the environment, but he also suggests that Canada's record is better than any other oil-exporting country in the world.
Young is doing a four-city concert tour to raise money for an Alberta First Nation living downstream of the oilsands and is to perform Friday in Regina.