Nikiforuk, in his article ‘Oh Canada’ paints a darker picture of Canada. His discussions are focused on the point that once friendly and responsible Canada is now fast becoming belligerent like the United States once was, or even more so. He quotes Douglas Adams statement that Canada is like an intelligent woman in her mid-30s. However the nation has now become a rogue petro-state and a dystopian vision. An appeal to the pathos is where the author uses word that causes the reader to respond emotionally and Nikiforuk is seen to take this emotional road. The author use of words such a rogue state, dystopia, belligerency and more present the oil sands issue by first raising it to be a non-desirable option taken up by the Canadian State (Nikiforuk) A similar argument against stance is taken up by George Hoberg and Jeffrey Phillips in ‘Playing Defense’, yet here the way of handling the issue is more logos than ethos. The authors present a rational appeal to the audience. They present the policy issues and state that although Canada has now raised the actors vested in analyzing and regulating the oil sands, the issues still continue to grow because Canada has now got its society invested in the oil sands by making a multi-stakeholder concern. It is no longer restricted to an elite few (Hoberg and Phillips 507-527).