“Unlike Big Oil, [greens] are not transparent about their motives.” – Financial Post complaining about American environmental groups who oppose leaky pipelines destined to spoil freshwater and the Pacific coast. And what are Big Oil’s unvarnished motives: A car in every driveway, and a top hat and monocle for every billionaire?
Meanwhile, the FP is running cover for the Harper Conservatives, because if anyone knows the power of lobbyists, it’s the party that Bruce Carson built. Read The Sixth Estate’s “Billionaire Conservatives Dominate Federal Lobbying”.
It’s hard not to break into a gigantic grin, the kind seen when watching Jon Stewart pants the witless, when you read this headline:
Rich U.S. groups that funded environmentalists also gave to Canadian government
Yes, the Canadian government that criticized “radical” “foreigners” as the source of Canada’s opposition to destructive fossil-first energy policy, took MILLIONS of dollars from the organizations they’ve badmouthed.
The CP headline pulled no cynical punches:
Still ‘radical’? Rich U.S. groups also gave to Ottawa
In an earlier email that was obtained by the NDP, Dodds said it was his understanding that Clement’s office advised Infrastructure Canada “which projects should be supported” under the G8 fund.
Angus and Boulerice have repeatedly accused Clement of having a direct hand in picking the successful projects, which included streetscaping, public washrooms, an upgraded community centre and improved parks in the Muskoka region north of Toronto where the meeting was held in the summer of 2010.
“This directly contradicts the testimony he gave at committee, it directly contradicts what he told the Canadian people,” Angus said at a news conference.
Clement has said that local mayors were the ones who whittled down a list of proposed projects and that he only facilitated the application process through his riding office by passing on the list of projects to Baird, who had the final say.
In September, Clement told reporters it would have been illegal for him to choose which projects were funded.
“If I was the decision-maker, if I had set up a parallel process and created a situation where the auditor general did not know — that’s their [opposition MPs’] accusation — I’d be resigning right now and turning myself in to the local police office,” Clement said.
“I think Tony Clement should be as good as his word,” Angus said Monday in recounting Clement’s comments. “He told the Canadian people, ‘If anybody could ever prove that I would do that, I’d turn myself over to the cops.’ Well, Tony, what about it?”
Make it stop, please? Why do we deserve a government more corrupt than the Chretien Liberals, and perilously close to the Devine PCs? What will make people pay attention, without loss of life or calamity?