Remember Marlo Raynolds, the failed Liberal candidate for the Alberta riding of Banff-Airdrie, turned Chief of Staff to Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna?
Before entering politics, he was Executive Director and a Senior Advisor at Pembina Institute - a left wing Canadian think tank that’s opposed to fossil fuels and receives money from Tides, another progressive group that funds anti-oil campaigns.
Raynolds was also VP of Market Development for a renewables company called BluEarth, which has now hired lobbyist Laura D’Angelo according to the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada.
D’Angelo is responsible for introducing BluEarth to government officials to advise them on green energy projects and discuss plans for potential infrastructure, as if one of their former employees is a complete stranger.
According to the Liberal website, D’Angelo hosted an “Importance of Fundraising” session for the party and Wuzuka, a government advisory group that employs her, says she’s a former manager of development and events with experience in major gifts for some of the party’s most senior reps and supporters.
So, D’Angelo herself knows the government too. How convenient.
Raynolds himself is no stranger to lobbying and activism. When he was with Pembina, he signed an oil sands moratorium and lobbied against Keystone XL.
Could Marlo Raynolds be using his lobbying skills to hire a lobbyist to help his friends at BluEarth Renewables?
Now, that wouldn’t be too much of a stretch, would it.