Greenpeace calls for Elections Canada probe of Ethical Oil


mentalfloss
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The environmental advocacy group alleges some political parties use third parties for fundraising

Greenpeace calls for Elections Canada probe of Ethical Oil

Greenpeace Canada is asking Elections Canada to investigate whether the Ethical Oil Institute is colluding with the Conservative Party in order to get around rules that limit donations to political parties.

Keith Stewart, the climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace, has written a letter to the commissioner of Canada Elections complaining that Ethical Oil is using money raised from individuals and companies to attack government critics.

As well, the letter alleges, "mirrored messaging" is going on between Ethical Oil spokespeople and Conservative cabinet ministers.

The complaint also alleges "multiple crossovers" between Ethical Oil spokespeople and Ottawa ministerial staff.

Stewart repeated the complaints at a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday morning. CBCNews.ca is carrying the press conference live at 11 a.m. ET. Mobile users can watch it live here.

The Ethical Oil Institute, founded by writer and television host Ezra Levant, runs a website called EthicalOil.org that urges people to support Canada's oilsands. The site, set up in 2011, claims Canada's oil is inherently more ethical than oil produced by non*democratic countries headed by dictators.

Ethical Oil's first spokesperson was Alykhan Velshi, who left Jason Kenney's staff when he was immigration minister to work for the group. A few months later, Velshi returned to a senior position in the Prime Minister's Office.

In its letter, Greenpeace notes that Velshi's successor at Ethical Oil was Kathryn Marshall, who is married to Hamish Marshall, a former strategic planning manager in the PMO.

Kathryn Marshall, according to Greenpeace, was then replaced by Jamie Ellerton, a former assistant to Kenney as well as to Ontario Conservative Party Leader Tim Hudak.

Donation limits to political parties

Political party financing laws limit individual donations to a total of $1,200 a year and ban corporate donations entirely.

Ethical Oil asks for donations from individuals and companies on its website, and has a PayPal button to facilitate sending money to the site, but it does not issue charitable receipts.

It also encourages activist participation, and in 2012 urged its supporters to write to then Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver to tell him "we don't want foreign interests or their local puppet groups manipulating our decision about our pipelines."

Those groups were identified by Ethical Oil as the West Coast Environmental Law Association, Environmental Defence Canada and the Pembina Environmental Association, among others.

Greenpeace argues election financing laws are breached even if a third party — in this case Ethical Oil — does not directly transfer money to a political party. There is no allegation in the letter that Ethical Oil is transferring money to the Conservatives.

Greenpeace is urging the commissioner of elections to find that if Ethical Oil spends funds it raises on activities supporting a political party's agenda, and has been set up by someone involved in the political party, then political donation limits have been contravened.

Greenpeace wants ruling before 2015

"We think there's a good chance the oil patch could put a bunch of money into Ethical Oil in the lead*up to the 2015 election, and we would like Elections Canada to rule on this now," Stewart said in an interview.

Ethical Oil differs from other advocacy groups that may have connections with political parties, Stewart said.

"This was a group set up by Conservative staffers, run by Conservative staffers, and everyone has direct links to the Conservative Party and it has been set up to further that party's agenda."

Ethical Oil has been singled out by critics for its Conservative Party connections before, but this is the first time it has been accused of transgressing election financing laws.

Greenpeace calls for Elections Canada probe of Ethical Oil
 
EagleSmack
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Ah well. Enjoy!
 
petros
+1
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One of the best things I've seen was pulling into work parking lot as Greenpeacers were arrested for stringing a banner across the building. Nobody saw the banner and no pictures were ever published.

What a waste of time.
 
Locutus
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greenpeace
 
EagleSmack
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httpwwwyoutubecomwatchvsCb4TqjwWKQ

Last edited by Locutus; Apr 8th, 2014 at 12:03 PM..Reason: https
 
mentalfloss
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locutus
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

greenpeace

Envision Whirled Peas
 
mentalfloss
#8
What?
 
petros
#9
You heard me. Green beans have no clue whether they are coming or going.
 
mentalfloss
#10
I still have no idea what you are talking about.
 
EagleSmack
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

You heard me. Green beans have no clue whether they are coming or going.

Over that one I agree. But it is not always.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
+1
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Maybe a solution here is to fast track the CRA's investigation into greenpeace's wrongful activities that will disqualify them from having charitable status.

After that, Elections Canada can think about putting the Ethical Oil file at the bottom of the ole inbox
 
Locutus
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these crybabies are mad at Ezra more than trying to manufacture some creepy evil plot.

Ezra makes 'em mad, real mad.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

I still have no idea what you are talking about.

Over the past 20 years 100s of thousands of green beans got motivated and borrowed 60K from the Feds to become Environmental Scientists.

Who the f*ck do you think hires these people to ensure the least possible environmental impact of their projects?

The "green movement" activist who actually got off their asses and educated themselves to be the ones running the show for big oil and they are the ones running the reclamation and site impact assessments for big oil.

If you have problems with the green beans who are running things for big oil or mining then you have serious ignorance problems of the Canadian energy and resources industries

Now do you know WTF I'm taking about?
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
+1
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

these crybabies are mad at Ezra more than trying to manufacture some creepy evil plot.

Ezra makes 'em mad, real mad.


I know... I can hear the ulcer medication flying off the shelves as we speak.

First, we were able to bounce Suzuki from his 'Foundation' that was his pride and joy... Next is to gut greenpeace through the CRA and we'll be 1/2 way to not having to swallow the pap from these interest groups
 
Locutus
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if Ezra was a filthy hippie, he'd have statues built for him...minstrels would sing songs about him.


but alas.

 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

if Ezra was a filthy hippie, he'd have statues built for him...minstrels would sing songs about him.


but alas.


yup, but alas, he is only a useless bigot sponging off those that he has brainwashed whenever his mouth gets him in trouble.
 
mentalfloss
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

if Ezra was a filthy hippie, he'd have statues built for him...minstrels would sing songs about him.


but alas.

I know eh?

He's like the Canadian Glenn Beck.
 
Colpy
Conservative
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Quote: Originally Posted by gerryhView Post

yup, but alas, he is only a useless bigot sponging off those that he has brainwashed whenever his mouth gets him in trouble.

Once again,. Ezra Levant is far from useless. He managed shame the Alberta HRC and was the spear-head (with Mark Steyn) of the successful move to kill the anti-liberty section 13, he was the only publisher in Canada with the cojones to print the Mohammed cartoons, "ethical oil" is his idea and a completely valid argument, etc etc. He is a tireless fighter for free speech and our ancient liberties......

For that, those of us that like liberty will forgive him for being a loud-mouthed arrogant arsehole....many many times over.

Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

The environmental advocacy group alleges some political parties use third parties for fundraising

Greenpeace calls for Elections Canada probe of Ethical Oil

Greenpeace Canada is asking Elections Canada to investigate whether the Ethical Oil Institute is colluding with the Conservative Party in order to get around rules that limit donations to political parties.

Keith Stewart, the climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace, has written a letter to the commissioner of Canada Elections complaining that Ethical Oil is using money raised from individuals and companies to attack government critics.

As well, the letter alleges, "mirrored messaging" is going on between Ethical Oil spokespeople and Conservative cabinet ministers.

The complaint also alleges "multiple crossovers" between Ethical Oil spokespeople and Ottawa ministerial staff.

Stewart repeated the complaints at a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday morning. CBCNews.ca is carrying the press conference live at 11 a.m. ET. Mobile users can watch it live here.

The Ethical Oil Institute, founded by writer and television host Ezra Levant, runs a website called EthicalOil.org that urges people to support Canada's oilsands. The site, set up in 2011, claims Canada's oil is inherently more ethical than oil produced by non*democratic countries headed by dictators.

Ethical Oil's first spokesperson was Alykhan Velshi, who left Jason Kenney's staff when he was immigration minister to work for the group. A few months later, Velshi returned to a senior position in the Prime Minister's Office.

In its letter, Greenpeace notes that Velshi's successor at Ethical Oil was Kathryn Marshall, who is married to Hamish Marshall, a former strategic planning manager in the PMO.

Kathryn Marshall, according to Greenpeace, was then replaced by Jamie Ellerton, a former assistant to Kenney as well as to Ontario Conservative Party Leader Tim Hudak.

Donation limits to political parties

Political party financing laws limit individual donations to a total of $1,200 a year and ban corporate donations entirely.

Ethical Oil asks for donations from individuals and companies on its website, and has a PayPal button to facilitate sending money to the site, but it does not issue charitable receipts.

It also encourages activist participation, and in 2012 urged its supporters to write to then Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver to tell him "we don't want foreign interests or their local puppet groups manipulating our decision about our pipelines."

Those groups were identified by Ethical Oil as the West Coast Environmental Law Association, Environmental Defence Canada and the Pembina Environmental Association, among others.

Greenpeace argues election financing laws are breached even if a third party — in this case Ethical Oil — does not directly transfer money to a political party. There is no allegation in the letter that Ethical Oil is transferring money to the Conservatives.

Greenpeace is urging the commissioner of elections to find that if Ethical Oil spends funds it raises on activities supporting a political party's agenda, and has been set up by someone involved in the political party, then political donation limits have been contravened.

Greenpeace wants ruling before 2015

"We think there's a good chance the oil patch could put a bunch of money into Ethical Oil in the lead*up to the 2015 election, and we would like Elections Canada to rule on this now," Stewart said in an interview.

Ethical Oil differs from other advocacy groups that may have connections with political parties, Stewart said.

"This was a group set up by Conservative staffers, run by Conservative staffers, and everyone has direct links to the Conservative Party and it has been set up to further that party's agenda."

Ethical Oil has been singled out by critics for its Conservative Party connections before, but this is the first time it has been accused of transgressing election financing laws.

Greenpeace calls for Elections Canada probe of Ethical Oil


Greenpeace lobbyists are highly paid by foreign interests to attack ethical oil from Canada, while studiously ignoring conflict oil from OPEC. According to Greenpeace International’s financial statements (external - login to view), they raked in 268 million Euros in 2012 – or more than $400 million Canadian dollars. Between 2009 and 2012, Greenpeace’s Canadian branch plant received $526,000 from the Tides Foundation of San Francisco alone. Tides’ specialty is concealing the identity of millionaire and billionaire funders.
By contrast, EthicalOil.org (external - login to view) is a small Canadian website and social media campaign that doesn’t even have an office. Our last project was NeilYoungLies.ca (external - login to view), with a total budget of $4,000 all of which was raised on PayPal. If you haven’t seen it, you should check it out.
EthicalOIl.org (external - login to view) does not give any money to any political party, nor has Ethical Oil campaigned in any election. EthicalOil.org (external - login to view) does not accept any money from foreign sources.




Ethical Oil.org | $400 million/year multinational corporation attacks pro-Canadian website (external - login to view)
 
Locutus
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Ezra is definitely far from useless. That's for sure. He makes multitudes mad and he fights a good fight. That his haters can't see that or past it shows the muzzling effect upon sheeple by the social head pinkers and shrinkers.
 
DaSleeper
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Quote: Originally Posted by ColpyView Post


For that, those of us that like liberty will forgive him for being a loud-mouthed arrogant arsehole....many many times over.


We have loudmouth arrogant arseholes that garner respect even in this forum............
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeperView Post

We have loudmouth arrogant arseholes that garner respect even in this forum............

There's a difference between that and buddy-trolling a convenient 'ally', sucking-up and using the accepted code words from time to time. That's how a concern troll works sir.
 
mentalfloss
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Ethical Oil is a complete failure when you consider that the Feds have all but given up on the U.S. but will openly deal with the Chiners.
 
petros
#24
Greenpeace needs a probing with a whale wang bone.

Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Ethical Oil is a complete failure when you consider that the Feds have all but given up on the U.S. but will openly deal with the Chiners.

Why? Are the Chinese evil?
 
Trex
#25
Ethical Oil should "probe" the environmentalists sources of funding.
The Rockefeller Foundation (US based original "robber baron")
The Henry Ford Foundation (US based founded by a pro nazi joo hater).
Greenpeace a fundraising drama queen headquartered outside Canada.
But the real biggy is Tides Foundation a funding aggregator with huge US
cash reserves that has been known to accept funding from both the Emirates and the house of Saud.

Why are these US based outfits paying off First Nations Chief's to block Canadian industry?
Why are American companies hiding behind the "Tides" shell funding political influence peddling in Canada?
Are the sources of US funding legally registered as lobbiests in Canada?
And last but not least WTF are foreign companies doing involved in local Canadian politics in the first place?

I would suggest a long, deep and thorough "probing" is indeed required.
 
Locutus
#26
Ethical Oil ~ Conflict-Free Diamonds

The source of the oil/diamonds is much better than the alternative.

amirite?
 
petros
#27
Yuuuuuuuup. And soon cellphones will buzz with non-Congo blood minerals.

By using our own diesel in West Can our food is ethical as well unlike the producers in ON that use Orinoco heavy or oil from Iraq or Angola.
Last edited by petros; Apr 9th, 2014 at 04:57 PM..
 
Locutus
+1
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Sun News NetworkVerified account ‏@SunNewsNetwork

WATCH: @EzraLevant (external - login to view) debunks Greenpeace Canada's claim against Ethical Oil for being too close to the Tory gov't http://bit.ly/1esmbUC


video here
Greenpeace Canada attacks Ethical Oil : Prime time : SunNews Video Gallery (external - login to view)
 
taxslave
No Party Affiliation
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

I still have no idea what you are talking about.

Some things never change.
 
mentalfloss
#30
Look, I'm not saying I support Greenpeace here, but if there is any collusion with Ethical Oil and the Cons, then people have a right to know.
 

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