The case for Canada's oil sands
The winner of this year's National Business Book Award is Ezra Levant for his book, Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oil Sands, published by McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
In his book, Levant tackles a global issue that has an overwhelming impact on Canada and its place in the world. He argues that although our society has become addicted to oil, Canada's oil sands are among the most ethically produced commodities in the world. Revealing myths about the country's oil sands, Levant further examines the issues around protecting the environment and the role of the media.
Ever provocative and controversial, Levant provides an alternative perspective on the development of Canada's oil sands. He addresses the hypocrisy in Canada's production of "dirty oil" by highlighting how Canada's overall "ethical" profile far exceeds that of other oil-producing nations – such as Saudi Arabia and Sudan – based on political democracy, government regulations, respect for human rights and freedom of the press.
Ezra Levant, a native of Calgary, Alberta, is a lawyer, journalist and public activist. He is the author of four books including Ethical Oil and is the publisher of Western Standard Magazine. Levant, praised as "Canada's no.1 defender of free speech," is currently host of The Source on Sun News Network.