Recently, since I've reported on the anti-oil policies of Rachel Notley’s NDP government, I’ve noticed that one particularly noisy critic is a magazine called Alberta Oil.
This week they published a story called "Better Than Ezra," in response to my criticisms of Rachel Notley's NDP budget.
Let me quote just one line:
"The idea that Rachel Notley is waging a war on the oil patch simply doesn’t square with the actual evidence.”
Uh, what? She doubled the carbon tax, hiked the corporate tax 20%, raised personal income taxes, launched a new oil royalty tax review and launched a global warming tax review, and says she opposes pipelines — and that’s not a war on the oil patch?
In three days after the budget, oil companies laid off 5,000 workers. If that’s not a war on oil, what is?
That was written by the editor of Alberta Oil magazine, Max Fawcett. He's written similar articles, targeting other people who champion ethical oil.
I used to know the publisher of Alberta Oil, Ruth Kelly, so I sent her a letter:
"Ruth, did you just get a big ad contract from the NDP government of Alberta or something? How much do they pay you? What conversations have you had with them?"
But she told me she hasn’t had any ads from the NDP, and that the magazine is editorially independent from the government.
She defended the bizarre stories, and Max Fawcett, and said he represents her views too.
So I googled Fawcett’s name.
Max Fawcett is the former legislative assistant and director of communications for a Toronto Liberal MP, Dennis Mills. Mills was on Pierre Trudeau’s personal staff during the time of the National Energy Program!
So you’ve got a magazine called Alberta Oil. You have 4.2 million Albertans you can choose as your editor. But instead, you hire a former spin doctor for a Toronto Liberal MP who worked for Pierre Trudeau when he crafted the most vicious attack on the Alberta oil industry in history?
Say — do you think Alberta Oil’s subscribers know about this?
Or some of the bigoted things he's said about people he used to work with (who were Jehovah's Witnesses) and about people who work in the oil industry? He thinks they're yokels.
WATCH my report to see what I mean.
Hey — are you a subscriber to Alberta Oil? Are you an advertiser?
Why don’t you send an e-mail to Ruth Kelly, and let her know what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org
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