Nature, one of the biggest and most-read scientific journals in the world, made this call in a February 29th editorial. The journal lamented the Harper Government’s undisguised hostility to openness, expert opinion and publicly-funded scientific expertise. Rightly so.
At some point, the government’s stated communication policy, posted on a federal website and directed civil servants, was to: “Provide the public with timely, accurate, clear, objective and complete information about its policies, programs, services and initiatives.”
That was then. Long before Harper and the Conservatives became entrenched and power-mad.
During the 2012 federal budget, the Conservative government allocated $8 million to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to crackdown on charities engaged in “political activities.” The purge has begun. Yesterday, the right-wing Big Oil lobby group, EthicalOil.org, dispatched a 44-page letter to the CRA asking the agency to investigate the David Suzuki Foundation and review its charitable status.
Make no mistake, Ethical Oil is asking the CRA to do more than review the foundation’s charitable status.The banner on the group’s website uncompromisingly screams: Canada Revenue Agency: Time to Investigate. (See banner below)
Now the trouble is: Ethical Oil’s order will likely be carried out. The group has clout. The excellent graphic below, from a piece by Matt Price of Huffington Post, highlights the links between the group and the Conservative Part of Canada.
The second graphic is the banner on Ethical Oil’s website.
I’ve also attached Ethical Oil’s 44-page letter. (See below)
We must fight back against this burgeoning culture of fear aimed at silencing legitimate democratic dissent.
Former federal Conservative operative, Alykhan Velshi, is at it again.
As Immigration Minister Jason Kenney‘s communications director, earlier this year, Velshi stirred controversy when he used Canadian government stationery while canvassing for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party. Now he’s lobbying for the much-maligned Canadian oil-sands industry.
Velshi’s new weapon is the just-launched blog EthicalOil.org. And, of course, social media.