I’m taking it upon myself to remind Canadian voters why we need to stop Stephen Harper. Lets call it a polite plea not to overlook Conservative shenanigans simply because they fade from media babble. Tonight I’m pondering Ethical Oil.
Early last year Canadian non-profit organization Ethical Oil filed a complaint with the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency). It seems Ethical Oil took exception to the activities of seven non-profit environmental organizations, claiming “political activities” exceeded the allowable parameters of charitable organizations. Within days, the David Suzuki Foundation, Tides Canada, West Coast Environmental Law, The Pembina Foundation, Environmental Defence, Equiterre, and the Ecology Action Centre were being audited by the CRA.
What the heck Ethical Oil, why are your panties bunched? Skipping over to Ethical Oil’s website deepens the mystery until a click on “about” reads –
“We at EthicalOil.org encourage people, businesses, and governments to choose Ethical Oil from Canada, its oil sands, and from other liberal democracies. Unlike Conflict Oil from some of the most politically oppressive and environmentally reckless regimes in the world, Ethical Oil is the “fair trade” choice in oil.
Countries that produce Ethical Oil uphold human rights and have high environmental standards. They ensure economic justice and promote peace. By contrast, Conflict Oil countries oppress their citizens and operate in secret with no accountability to voters, the press, or independent judiciaries.
Some Conflict Oil regimes even support terrorism.
Currently, we still require growing amounts of oil. Businesses, governments, and even YOU have a choice to make: Do we continue to buy Conflict Oil from politically oppressive and environmentally reckless regimes or do we support Ethical Oil that is discovered, produced, and transported responsibly from the Canadian oil sands?”
Oh shit, I’m starting to feel sick – who are these people? (Stay with me because this is good) Started by former staffer of Harper and previous employee of the AEI (American Enterprise Institute) Alykhan Velshi created Ethical Oil with founding directors Thomas Ross (senior partner in Alberta law firm specializing in tar sands) and Ezra Levant ( mouthpiece, author, journalist and former intern at right wing Fraser Institute and Charles Koch Foundation).
Ponder Velshi and the AEI website claim –
“many AEI scholars and fellows are or have been directly engaged in practical politics and policymaking as government officials, advisers or members of official commissions.”
Who is AEI, and why should we care about a right wing American think tank? In 2008 AEI offered $10,000 to scientists and economists willing to write studies criticizing the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Exxon-Mobil reportedly contributed $1.6 million in funding, former Exxon-Mobil CEO Lee Raymond was on their Board of Trustees, and David Koch is current co-chair of their National Council.
Back to Canada. In the 2008 federal budget, Harper ear marked $8 million to investigate –
“concerns raised that some charities may not be respecting the rules regarding political activities” and “the extent to which they may be funded by foreign sources.”
What the frack! Let me get this straight – AEI puppet Ethical Oil says jump and Harper asks how high, the CRA targets seven reputable environmental charities and Canadians are expected to politely accept them as “powerful outside interests manipulating our public debate around oil sands development.”
Canada, read the link below before casting a vote on October 19. We have to stop Stephen Harper.