May 27, 2015

"This video is shocking just to look at": Is Preston Manning taking Tides Foundation money?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

I used to love Preston Manning. I even worked for him in Ottawa.

The Preston Manning I admired was the one who used to bravely and eloquently denounce the Kyoto Protocol, for instance.

Lately, though, Manning's become something of a global warming activist.

I finally wrote my old boss a letter asking him why he'd changed.

I had a theory about what was going on:

That it had something to do with his Manning Centre for Building Democracy. After all, it's a fancy place with a big payroll.

So I wondered: Is Manning taking money from environmentalist groups?

I asked him a lot of other questions, too.

See what happened after that.

(For one thing, his office says an environmentalist event he just spoke at wasn't sponsored by the left wing, anti-oil sands TIDES Foundation. But it was. I checked...)

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commented 2015-06-01 18:20:58 -0400
Hoards of scientists have worked tirelessly to decipher the world wonders, for ever; all they know now is not even the millionth part of the Universe or life itself, in my opinion.
The climate change, subsequently, is just a money redistribution scam, from those who earn it towards those who would rather do nothing and wait home for their monthly government handout. This is the modus operandi of the socialists, from the world over and, anywhere and everywhere they have ever governed, they brought famine, abuses, and destruction. Not in a million years would I trust a socialist or a turncoat for that matter.
commented 2015-05-30 08:45:46 -0400
Deborah: “Well that seems perfectly fine to me.”
LOL. Ah, the sign of a true believer. First question whether it happened, then excuse it.
A little more Koolaid, madam?
commented 2015-05-29 21:56:59 -0400
Good stuff Ezra.
Preston Manning looked at David Suzuki’s style and liked what he saw – living large and telling the rest of us how to live small. Both class AAA hypocrites taking as much money as they can from Big Enviro. Suzuki we long knew about. Manning is a serious disappointment.
commented 2015-05-29 21:13:06 -0400
Moira – very informative! Thank you!
commented 2015-05-29 20:03:15 -0400
Could not have said it better Orion Buttigieg! I really don’t know alot about this climate change on either side of the equation, but I do know a pig in a poke when I see it. These environmental advocates for change only want that change for the rest of us, by taxing everything we do! I really hate these people that just want more of my money. You see, for me, I worked hard all my life trying to scrape out a semi comfortable retirement, but these people want to take that away from me though all these extra taxes! That’s what I care about. And please don’t give me this shtick about thinking of the future for our children! That kind of fear mongering does go over very well with me. We have evolved from our past and the human race will continue to evolve in the future. Get the hell out of my wallet and stop telling me how to live!
commented 2015-05-29 19:46:00 -0400
Well, there you go! This just proves that anyone can be bought when they don’t have any morals or convictions. The Preston Manning of old is dead, I don’t know this new person pretending to be Preston Manning. Maybe there really are aliens and the one we truly liked has been replaced.
All I saw on stage was a bunch of Millionaires who have everything they could possibly want, telling the rest of us to do with less. I believe they call this control of the masses. “Do as I tell you to do, not what I do” This God mentality should be confronted right in their over priced faces!!!!! We really have to take back our country before they destroy it!!!!
commented 2015-05-29 19:03:05 -0400
Lots of money distributed to green foundations of one sort come from the profits of foundations of another sort that invest millions into oil and gas. Ron Arnold, who wrote a book about foundations (with Paul Driessen), had an article in the Daily Caller a couple of days ago. There he writes about the foundation money from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, one such oil and gas investor, which supports Greenpeace. You can find the article at

There is a lot of secrecy about exchanges of funds between and among foundations. I guess The Manning Foundation is now in the mix.

When Ezra first reported days ago on Manning’s planned appearance at the Tides Foundation event, my first thought was that Manning might have found himself immersed in The Earth Charter as he was studying at the bible college recently. Earth Charter International has inserted its propaganda into churches, synagogues and schools. Priests give homiles about protecting Earth which is okay as long as they’re talking only about stewardship of creation as do Judeo-Christian religions traditionally. But this Charter promotes paganism, a real earth worship, wrapped in the traditional rituals of Judaism and Christianity.

It is Mikhail Gorbachev’s Green Cross International Foundation that got Earth Charter International going. So it is possible that Green Cross is sponsoring Manning. Maybe that’s a stretch?

What you might find interesting is that one of David Suzuki’s daughters is an advisor to Earth Charter International.
commented 2015-05-29 16:55:01 -0400
Well, all this apocalypse-pending stuff seems to have been wearing away on a lot more folks than just old Preston. I mean, not only did Alberta bring in the NDP, but Harper just committed to fighting greenhouse gasses and the Ontario PCs voted along with the Liberals/NDP on a motion to fight climate change. ;)
commented 2015-05-29 15:29:49 -0400
His “trick the yokels out west” wasn’t “weird” its insulting. Science has proved that any warming we ‘may’ be experiencing due to humans is not only benign but perhaps beneficial. So if its not even remotely close to something to concern ourselves with and therefore WHY TAX us for plant food / the air we breath??!!
Manning is the product of privilege and the political class. It seems a common theme that kids of politicians have ‘aspired’ to ‘political service’ only to be the same or worse. Being “Political Whores” is their life. Given his position he should know that man made “insert pr term here” has been proven to be a fraud. And with all fraud one need only follow the money. I could fill this page with references to ‘dirty’ money filtered into the both the science and politics (enviro foundations), removing the fallacy argument against the skeptics.
The REAL SCIENCE being conducted by those deemed ‘deniers’ – most not receiving a dime from O&G or universities – have proved that the data and methods of ‘warmist’ scientists are pretty much bogus. Gaps identified in models but not limited too; wrongly applied physics (Earth’s albedo/Energy balance), co2 weighting (forcings), simply bad / incomplete data, ocean patterns all but ignored (PDO flipped cold in 06/07), water vapor (used as a constant vs co2 multiplier), volcanic inputs, and THE SUN. The models which are routinely subbed for ‘evidence’ have been PROVEN WRONG with real observations and actual data – 18 yr + 5 months of pause / cooling. This without discussing co2’s logarithmic nature and proven geological evidence that consistently demonstrates that co2 lags temperature change by ~800 yrs. Furthermore, one need only have half a brain and apply some objectivity with google to discover any and more of what I’ve just noted. It’ll even be peer reviewed, bla bla bla…
He’s another typical politician who views the term “work” as a four letter word.
Manning = Corrupt — And he along with all the other political whores can stick the TAXES concept UP HIS @$$
commented 2015-05-29 10:33:50 -0400
Sorry I meant to say "while they provide no example of how it is falsifiable. It really hot weather and cold weather all confirm global warming what would the proofs be if it wasn’t happening?
commented 2015-05-29 10:29:13 -0400
I don’t think it is treason or hypocrisy to change your mind on issues ( I am trying to stay open both sides of the debate) I do however dislike the reluctance to be forthcoming with who is helping to fund your opinions. I also hate the way many in the media bash those who question global warming while they provide example of how it is falsifiable and if it isn’t falsifiable then it can’t be considered a scientific theory.
commented 2015-05-29 10:12:42 -0400
And Ezra is telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Please. As much as I admire and enjoy the articles that come out on this website, I’ve been finding that Ezra has his own theatricality and ideology, which may not always fit the facts. (It could even possibly be made to look like extreme-right-wing-conspiracy-theories…) As much as I take anything said by Mulcair or Junior with a boxcar of salt (never mind a grain!), I’m taking much of what Ezra says with nearly as much. Facts are data, and can be “spun” any way somebody wants them.
commented 2015-05-29 09:40:11 -0400
I am very impressed with Preston Manning. Ezra’s spin on the matter rings hollow. He brings clarity to the debate. Lets say it again: If you want to place carbon limits on a society, then do so in an economic way (with a carbon tax, like Gordon Campbell did many years ago), and not with social measures. Economically, the environment is still seen as a free dumping ground. This should change, and Manning is trying to say that this too can be Conservative policy. Living a simple life and “conserving” resources, can also be a Conservative policy. Manning is right on the money on this one.
commented 2015-05-29 09:23:32 -0400
Terry – Well that seems perfectly fine to me, since Ezra is representing the industry, by publishing facts, and he brings clarity to the public, on the issue of using ethical oil, as opposed to oil from terrorist countries! I’m still not convinced that they contributed to the writing of his book Ethical Oil. Manning and his followers do not release the truth about those he is taking money off of, to undermine the Canadian economy. Manning and his riff raff are hypocrites. Terry – Initially refused? You are typical of the left, always make sure you smear the conservatives at every point, valid or not.
commented 2015-05-29 06:38:29 -0400
It’s interesting that so many commenters consider it “treason”, “hypocrisy”, or “selling out” to change one’s mind on an issue after reading and reflection. Isn’t that why we read, discuss, listen, think?
commented 2015-05-29 06:36:20 -0400
Debarah: The Ethical Oil website initially refused to say whether or not they accept money from oil companies. It now acknowledges that they do.
commented 2015-05-28 23:02:52 -0400
Preston is a traitor to the principles he stood for for many years and I regret all the support I gave him right from the beginning. He has sold out to the dark side.
commented 2015-05-28 19:32:40 -0400
The tides come in and the tides go out and all sorts of flotsam and jetsam is carried along by it.
commented 2015-05-28 18:46:52 -0400
How sad and how unsettling to watch the behaviours shown on the video. I was told that Dr. Suzuki had been interviewed by the new host of the radio programme “Q” earlier this week. Dr. Suzuki stated that at one time he had admired Rex Murphy, but no longer could he do so because Mr. Murphy had expressed an opinion unacceptable to Dr. Suzuki. One wonders who holds greater sway at the CBC. Mr. Manning’s conservative views were just some political postures, it would seem. So much for that. Is this what we need? More taxes for nonsense as though not enough funds have gone into the maw of bad climate “science.” Do you suppose that Mr. Manning has been blackmailed into this extreme change? Thank you,Mr. Levant; as always logical, documented, and demonstrating your courage. (Notice that trolls are emerging on your sites. You must be causing discomfort in some quarters. I hope you can withstand the personal attacks as they will be launched.)
commented 2015-05-28 18:40:40 -0400
There is a premise in interviewing that if a question was clear and concise, and it was not answered, then in fact it was answered.
commented 2015-05-28 18:40:08 -0400
I’ve been saying for a long time that Manning had sold out.
commented 2015-05-28 18:11:25 -0400
rick plesnick i gues it ok ezra money clean money but preston manning is dirty money!
commented 2015-05-28 18:05:41 -0400
Michael said: Kevin Andrews – did climate change before humans came along? I would also love an explanation as to why at the time of the Vikings, Iceland and Greenland, were, green rather than mostly frozen as they are now? Oh, I get it. The Socialists told me the Vikings were causing “Climate Change”. Must have been because of all the human technology and lifestyles of the time! They didn’t have the Socialists at that time to constantly chide them for wanting a dignified life whilst taxing them to death at the same time!
commented 2015-05-28 17:10:34 -0400
Terry – Are you referring to the book Ezra wrote called “Ethical Oil?” I may be wrong, but I don’t think Ezra took any money from oil companies to write his book. Does anyone know?
commented 2015-05-28 16:59:26 -0400
The main question, in my opinion, is whether Preston is still acting as a conservative. If he is, then there’s no problem with who is funding his centre. If he is not, then the reason why should be investigated. If his funding model has changed to being primarily from Progressive groups at the same time as his advice leads to major electoral losses to conservatives and his views appear to be changing to more Progressive ones, then he’s totally free to do so. We conservatives, however, will recognize it and will not treat his advice as coming from a conservative any more.

That is the core message in Ezra’s video – a major policy shift may be associated with a change in funding. Terry brings up the Koch brothers as though anything that they they touch is tainted because they’re associated with it. Why is funding from the Tides Foundation any different? Well, other than the Tides Foundation moving funds through shell groups first, while the Kochs practice direct support of those that they choose to support.
commented 2015-05-28 15:34:51 -0400
Eileen, is it “hypocrisy” to change your mind about something in light of research and reflection?
commented 2015-05-28 15:34:26 -0400
Eileen, is it “hypocrisy” to change your mind about something in light of research and reflection?
commented 2015-05-28 14:57:02 -0400
Unfortunately human nature is what it is! If the price is right, buy into it! I am disturbed by Mr. Manning’s hypocrisy.
commented 2015-05-28 14:46:56 -0400
“Terry Rudden, you missed the point.”
LOL. No, Peter. Ezra is directing you to a conclusion. I’m directing you toward another.
“You and your buddy Adam do love to call people liars.”
Only when they lie. Jason’s statement was either an error or a lie, as I said. I don’t know which.
As for your odd, insulting coda – shrug. I guess oblique gibes are an option if you can’t actually rebut the assertions, but it does seem a little pointless.