October 22, 2015

How the U.S. Tides Foundation funded Leadnow.ca's anti-Harper campaign -- and helped give Trudeau a majority

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The organizers behind the "Vote Together" campaign that brought the split left vote together in conservative swing ridings was partially funded by foreign cash.  

I know that because I follow Vivian Krause@FairQuestions on Twitter. She does the often complex work of tracking foreign money that funds many anti-oil and gas campaigns in Canada.

Under section 358 of the Canada Elections Act, it's illegal for third parties to use foreign cash to campaign.

Through Vivian's efforts, I now know that the U.S. based Tides Foundation funded Leadnow.ca -- and Leadnow.ca coordinated strategic voting efforts across the country through their more visible "Vote Together" campaign.

Did the foreign funded "Vote Together" initiative push Justin Trudeau to a majority government?

Was this costly, well organized effort only about getting rid of Stephen Harper -- or is there another motivation that is as well hidden as the foreign funders?


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commented 2015-10-26 07:06:04 -0400
Leadnow has a lot of activities going on. I’m sure they’re not stupid. Presumably they separated the funding for their domestic activities relating to polling for the election and other activities unrelated to the election.
Drew – please specify one of these “phony articles” about Harper cheating.
Isabelle Beaudoin – " Let’s not forget the unions and Wynne campaigning for Trudeau (is that legal?)" – last time I checked, we enjoy free speech in this country.
Isabelle Beaudoin – “I pledge to only refer to … Justin Trudeau as Trudeau, the Pretender.” – Thank you for your efforts. It will serve as a continual reminder of the childish BS that pushed us straight into his arms.
Deborah Graupner – “Our MSM has been crippling the public, by withholding the truth, and distorting the facts, so that people would climb on board, and follow their path to destruction.” – Are you referring to how they almost NEVER EVER mentioned Harper’s numerous scandals, and then almost unaimously endorsed the conservatives? Is this the kind of MSM bias you’re talking about?
commented 2015-10-26 01:29:37 -0400
Jimmy what about the hundreds of phony articles and BS from the left that Harper cheated? Maybe look in the mirror for a true whiner LMAO
commented 2015-10-25 23:02:20 -0400
Trudeau was given a boost by the globalist-funded Tides Foundation… Might as well just pay some ‘Idle No More’ protesters to be MPs too. But at the end of the day, Trudeau will dance for the same globalists that Harper did, two puppets of the same hand.
commented 2015-10-25 23:00:49 -0400
“The usual suspects are claiming that some on here are crying “conspiracy theory”, and that Pierre’s son stole the election.”
Uh…some on here ARE claiming conspiracy, and that the Liberals stole the election. And one is fantasizing about the rape of Trudeau’s wife. Do I think those views are representative of Conservatives in Canada? Nope.
commented 2015-10-25 20:24:56 -0400
The usual suspects are claiming that some on here are crying “conspiracy theory”, and that Pierre’s son stole the election. Wow. You can find, right now, a hundred posts on 50 different stories on the CBC website, many not having anything to do with politics at all, all bitching about how Harper “stole” the last THREE elections! Really, it’s been a theme of the left in Canada for almost a decade now. You guys must have missed the last few dozen NDP constituency executive meetings! Don’t confuse the ramblings of a couple bitter right wingers with the overall sentiment of everyone who voted Conservative. Trudeau’s a disaster, but I’m willing to wait a week or two to give you low-info trolls a chance to catch up with us here. Of course, I’ve got the luxury of being in a seat that the Conservatives kept, so, I admit I might not feel as strongly about it as someone from a seat that went some other way. Strangely, here it’s the NDP who are suggesting the vote was rigged. Go figure!
commented 2015-10-25 11:45:38 -0400
so now he has to pay back for his support he recieved, wonder what they will demand of him, nothing good will come of this a PM who takes money and support from special interest groups who want to kill canadian jobs and industries.
commented 2015-10-25 10:35:29 -0400
LOL. Call him whatever you want. But don’t forget that the words “Prime Minister…” come first.
commented 2015-10-24 22:20:17 -0400
Sleep beside an elephant? Oh you DUMB DUMBS Canadians eh? Manipulated by those cunning conniving Yanks? Not LEADing, it is the other pronunciation as in LEAD ass Yanks! More HERSTORY? Try this on for size? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monroe_Doctrine. Do we have to burn the white house again as in 1812?
commented 2015-10-23 17:32:28 -0400
I used to call him justy, but I think I’ll call it Trudy, now
commented 2015-10-23 16:02:26 -0400
Well said Mark Goddard! Let’s not forget the unions and Wynne campaigning for Trudeau (is that legal?). Trudeau, the Pretender is the only title I’ll ever give him. If the 5.6 million who voted Conservative keep calling Stephen Harper, Prime Minister, it will send a clear message that we will not put-up with master-manipulators (Liberals, mainstream media, Leadnow, Soros, etc. ). A rebellion can take various forms and I pledge to only refer to Stephen Harper as Primer Minister for the next four years and Justin Trudeau as Trudeau, the Pretender. At minimum, it will annoy the Libs, at best, our voice will be heard and by-elections will be called for each riding Leadnow.ca is claiming they swung the votes!
commented 2015-10-23 14:28:41 -0400
“I see posting here lately as a kind of therapy.”
Actually, you’re right; this is not a good time to discuss stuff. Tempers are a little high.
commented 2015-10-23 14:15:31 -0400
I see posting here lately as a kind of therapy. Therapy to deal with the horror of the next 4 years. So I really am not interested in reading the bile from the Trudeau lovers. So far most of them have been too nauseating to even argue with. I don’t know if I agree that the Libranos stole the election.
commented 2015-10-23 13:43:18 -0400
I’m sorry, Bill: to which “bizarre accusation” do you refer? My comment on Ms. Krauss’s work as a lobbyist for oil is from her own twitter feed.
commented 2015-10-23 13:34:58 -0400
Terry, you obviously have an internet connection since you are always here. In the US, registered charities have to post their financials on their website. If you weren’t such an apologist or just plain lazy you could follow the money trail in less time than it takes to research your more bizarre accusations.
commented 2015-10-23 10:06:45 -0400
So to link your thought to this article, the one under discussion: here we have an allegation, presented without actual dates or amounts, from a paid oil company operative. The oil company operative is NOT identified as such in the story. Does that seem to you to be solid journalism?
commented 2015-10-23 09:52:36 -0400
Marty Ashfield – we, the normal, everyday Canadians did not allow this to happen, at least not those that have been paying attention. Our MSM has been crippling the public, by withholding the truth, and distorting the facts, so that people would climb on board, and follow their path to destruction. Well the destruction is coming, and all those who were fooled are responsible. I was gob smacked when I over heard a few people saying, that there has to be some truth in the Duffy scandal. And I thought these were intelligent people, but the more I find out, the more I no longer want to know what they think. My response was, do you really trust what the media is force feeding you? Many had no response, because they were speechless, when I said that you just helped to elect a lunatic, and a dangerous Kim Jong-Un to boot.
commented 2015-10-23 09:20:53 -0400
ISABELLE BEAUDOIN, there are so many accounts on facebook with your name, which one is you?
commented 2015-10-23 07:45:18 -0400
“Do you , Terry , feel that it was illegal for lead now to take the money and use it to campaign with. Fair question.”
It’s absolutely a fair question, Kelvin.
My answer is that without access to the primary documents (i.e., audited financial statements), I can’t tell: but in all likelihood, in my opinion, probably not.
Krauss is a former PR person and a fairly well known anti-environmental movement activist who, according to her own Twitter feed, made 90% of her her income in 2012, 2013 and 2014 in fees from the oil, gas and mining industries. You will note a few interesting things about this “story”:
- It doesn’t provide any dates. Last time Ezra claimed that this organization was funneling Tides Foundation money into the election, it turned out he was talking about a grant provided in previous years for a specific project.
- Similarly, this “story” provides no data at all about the alleged amount contributed, the date of the contribution, the purpose of the contribution, or actual expenditure.
So no: on the basis of this “story”, there is no evidence that Lead Now broke the law.
commented 2015-10-23 07:30:47 -0400
Is there a paper trail of the funding I can display on my Facebook page for everyone to see? Thanks
commented 2015-10-23 01:34:40 -0400
This is fantastic:

From Krista Erickson – worked at Sun News Network. The article has since been taken down.

Harper learns the folly of surrounding himself with obsequious operatives.

The seminal moment of the 2015 federal election may belong to a man who had a very different notion of, “sunny ways”. In the hours before the campaign’s first televised debate, former Sun TV founder Kory Teneycke told reporters, “I think that if (Trudeau) comes on stage with his pants on, he will probably exceed expectations.”

That hyper-partisan sneer from the former TV executive turned Conservative campaign spokesman will be inexorably remembered for its fundamental miscalculation of the opponent. But Teneycke’s presence throughout the Conservatives’ decade in power is worthy of further examination.

Teneycke arrived in the Prime Minister’s Office in 2008, an inner-sanctum Conrad Black recently described as, “sclerotically rigid, media-inaccessible, authoritarian and peevish…a humourless and often paranoid regime,” led by a, “sadistic Victorian schoolmaster.” Teneycke would serve as Director of Communications.

In 2009, Teneycke was reportedly present when Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch petitioned Stephen Harper to relax media foreign ownership restrictions during a private meeting. The obstacles to exporting Murdoch’s Conservative firebrand to Canada would be Teneycke’s advantages. He set off to launch the Sun News Network later that year.

To supporters, the cable news network would bring balance to a Liberal-dominated media culture in Canada. To skeptics, it was a weapon in the Conservatives’ arsenal designed to advance the party’s strategic objective of incrementalism, shifting the Canadian electorate rightward with permanence.

Former Harper cabinet minister Lynne Yelich was one of the network’s early supporters. Before a frame of Sun News programming had even aired she warned of problems to come. “It’s a great idea but you’ve got to get rid of Kory Teneycke,” she told me in July 2010. “It will never work as long as he’s running it.”

Teneycke, like Harper, is a controlling authoritarian who hails from the Reform wing of the party. When the political stakes were high for Teneycke’s brethren, his partisanship often went into overdrive and the network’s spirit of fearless inquiry went out the window.

In the 2011 federal election, when the NDP’s “Orange Wave” threatened Harper’s prospects, the story of Jack Layton’s visit to a massage parlour fell into the lap of Sun News. The incident occurred sixteen years earlier when police encountered Layton naked on a massage table. There was no arrest, no criminal charge; therefore no criminal behavior. On these facts, the justification of a public interest in running the story was arguably thin. Management saw it differently, repeatedly descending on my office in the hours before broadcast to coach me on the editorial approach to be taken on-air: this was a major sex scandal involving the NDP leader.

Similarly, in the final stretch of the 2012 Alberta election, when the Reform Party’s provincial cousins, The Wildrose Party, lost momentum to the Progressive Conservatives, Teneycke and his subordinates instructed me to stop reporting on the homophobic gaffes of Wildrose candidates. He also demanded a segment discussing the Wildrose leader’s record on abortion be removed from my program lineup, an order that I resisted.

Teneycke then zeroed in on Justin Trudeau. To be fair, it was former Sun host Ezra Levant who first coined the name, “Shiny Pony,” in reference to Trudeau’s enviable hair. It was Teneycke and his designates who institutionalized the term at Sun News. “Shiny Pony” appeared in our “talking points” otherwise known as the daily assignment note issued to Sun News journalists. The label also figured prominently in Sun’s broadcast of Trudeau’s decisive victory over burly Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau in a widely promoted boxing match for charity. It was just the first time Teneycke would wholly underestimate the young Liberal MP.

Staff who didn’t fall in line with talking points and Teneckye’s worldview were also in his sights. He hatched a plan to fire 40 to 50 percent of the Sun News staff, many of whom he suspected were Liberal sympathizers. The house-cleaning was to take place after the CRTC approved the network’s application for a mandatory carriage license, an event that never came to pass. Teneycke’s plans included populating the newsroom with even more Conservative staffers. “You can’t teach a producer how to be a Conservative. But you can teach a Conservative how to produce,” he told me.

Evidently, there were some Conservatives who couldn’t be taught. Former Harper speechwriter Michael Taube was a valued contributor who regularly appeared on the network. Taube’s record of criticizing some of the Harper government’s policies such as income splitting did not gain him favour with Teneycke. Producers were ordered to stop booking Taube on our program.

Even the apolitical was viewed through a partisan lens. Case in point, the network’s coverage of the RCMP’s 2012 investigation of the suicide of 15-year-old Amanda Todd. Teneycke told producers that Sun News was not going to continue to cover the story and, “help create another dead celebrity teen,” while assisting the Official Opposition with its proposed anti-bullying legislation.

I was not immune from Teneycke’s tyrannical flashes and paranoia. In June of that year, one of his sycophants was listening through the walls of my office as I shared my concerns with my husband over the phone. Teneycke’s incendiary rebuke came swiftly. “This is not the CBC,” he told me. “You will not be afforded due process or an arbitration hearing. If you don’t change your attitude and quickly, it will not end well for you. Do you understand me?” I began planning my departure shortly thereafter.

Sun News folded earlier this year less than four years after its launch. It remains a curious business that Teneycke walked straight into the job of chief spokesman for Harper’s 2015 re-election campaign. Apparently, the media racket was beneath him. “We’re better than news, we’re truthful,” he told Global News when defending the party’s attack ads in July.

If there was any doubt of the proximity of the late Sun News to the Conservative power structure, Teneycke’s homecoming surely put those doubts to rest. But his appointment was one of many missteps in an ill-fated re-election campaign. It was bad policy for the Conservative leader to surround himself with obsequious operatives who appealed to his worst instincts. “This is not just about the prime minister but obviously the Prime Minister’s Office absorbed and reflected his combative approach, ” outgoing Defence minister Jason Kenney conceded after the party’s defeat. Without a newsroom or a war room to launch hyper-zealous missives from, it may be Kory Teneycke who is caught with his pants down.

commented 2015-10-23 00:51:31 -0400

I don’t care.

I run Canada now.
commented 2015-10-23 00:33:16 -0400
Great to see comments that would have been “CONTENT DISABLED” at CBC. After checking this awesome site out I will be saying adios to CBC and I signed the petition to sell that POS.
commented 2015-10-23 00:31:03 -0400
Hey duh Silva and Rudden, ‘60.53% of the electorate did NOT vote for Trudeau’.
commented 2015-10-23 00:22:01 -0400
I enjoy the laughs I get from all the Liberal postings here. It’s great to know we piss you off so much that you took the time to make an account just to express how disgusted you are with us. It must be nice having all the free time in the world while living off of welfare dollars. No wonder you all voted Liberal. #WelfareBums
commented 2015-10-23 00:16:12 -0400
I believe PM Harper was sick and tired of all the bullshit and lack of gratitude. Whether he won or lost, he was going to step down as leader this term. I could tell he wasn’t that upset, perhaps relieved. Now Canada gets the people who were absolved of adscam back in control. I still can’t believe no one was convicted on charges for that. Yet for the past year all I’ve heard is Duffy, Duffy,Duffy. We’ll see who deserved what soon enough. The one who laughs last, laughs best. Keep us updated on Mac Harb
commented 2015-10-22 23:55:12 -0400
The Conservatives ran a crappy campaign. Their ads were a joke-“nice hair though”.
commented 2015-10-22 23:45:50 -0400
If this article is totally on the up and up, do you , Terry , feel that it was illegal for lead now to take the money and use it to campaign with. Fair question.
commented 2015-10-22 23:31:40 -0400
Over 60% of Canadians did not vote for -Harper- Trudeau … so Terry and Jimmy repeated ad nauseum.
commented 2015-10-22 23:10:32 -0400

Absolutely right.

While I have seen mainstream conservatives wish Trudeau the best, acknowledge where Harper failed and express some level of optimism for the future – the extreme conservatives at The Rebel are all about blaming everyone else, doomsday scenarios, conspiracy theories, daily terrorist attacks and starting a countdown to when we becomes slaves to Muslims.