OTTAWA, May 27, 2013 /CNW/ - "Canadians should be outraged that the
federal government is shoving millions of taxpayer dollars into
American advertising to promote Keystone XL," says Dave Coles,
President of Canada's largest energy workers' union. The
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada has learned
that since 2010-11 Natural Resources Canada has increased its advertising budget by
"After slashing its spending on environmental regulation enforcement,
Natural Resources Canada has found millions of dollars to push a
pipeline that will export Canadian jobs, trample First Nations rights
and is bad for the environment," says Coles.
Last week Prime Minister Harper flew to New York to push for approval of
the pipeline and since July 2011 there have been at least 25 other
pipeline promotion trips to the U.S. by Canadian ministers, deputy
ministers and provincial premiers. Each trip reportedly costs up to
"The Conservatives claim to support free markets, yet over the past
couple of years they've spent tens of millions of dollars of public
money in support of a private corporation's international lobbying
efforts," says Coles.
"Last year Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver denounced environmental
groups that receive international funding as a threat to the Canadian
regulatory system, and now he's allocating millions of dollars in
public money to intervene in US politics. The hypocrisy is astounding."
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA