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Neil Young kicked off his "Honour the Treaties" tour last night at Toronto's Massey Hall, and earlier in the day, he held a scathing press conference where he blasted the Canadian government for its handling of Alberta's oil sands.

All proceeds from the four-date tour will go toward Alberta's Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation's legal battle against the expansion of Shell's Jackpine oil sands operation.

During his time in Toronto, Young also dropped by the Q studios for an exclusive interview with CBC host Jian Ghomeshi, where he talked at length about the oil sands issue.

Click "open gallery" to check out the highlights — or listen to the entire interview below. A video version of the interview will also air on The National Wednesday.

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Neil Young talks tar sands on Q: 10 highlights

Neil Young kicked off his "Honour the Treaties" tour last night at Toronto's Massey Hall, a…

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JamespWinter
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JamespWinter
on Jan 16, 2014

Jian: you stated that a lot of people supported Neil, and many were against his comments. Sounds roughly equitable. Now, I know on line polls are not the very best, but in the two polls that I saw at the Edmonton Journal and the Toronto Star, MORE THAN 75% of those voting supported Neil.

Most of us support Neil's position. As he suggested, get thee to the Tar Sands to do a show!!!!!

DOREEN N
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DOREEN N
on Jan 16, 2014

I just listened to the interview with Neil Young and in many ways I support his point of view however we are all responsible for the current state of the world.  Talk is cheap.  Action speaks louder than words.

I always find it interesting when people complain about China's pollution problems, with Neil Young being no exception.  We wouldn't have so much pollution if a good portion of the countries in the 'developed' world were not expecting so much of China in the way of  inexpensive products that fuels our rampant consumerism and  and consequent demands for cheap labour.

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