Breaking: Geralds Butts’ new employer received a sole-sourced contract for nearly two-hundred thousand dollars from Natural Resources Canada to provide energy market analysis.
The contract, awarded to Eurasia Group, the New York-based company Butts’ joined in May after resigning amidst the SNC-Lavalin scandal, pays $149,940 USD (approximately $198,800 Canadian) to identify “regulatory and policy risks in the context of carbon and environmental policy, supply disruption issues, market access, oil prices, and supply and demand fundamentals in North America and globally.”
The contract specifies that it must be awarded to someone who has:
“...demonstrable expertise in trade and fiscal policy, through an established intelligence network .. comprised of government officials, energy industry CEO’s, executives and industry insiders...”
Butts has a long history of anti-oil rhetoric, dating back to his days at the head of the World Wildlife Fund. When arguing against the now-canceled Northern Gateway pipeline route in 2012, he said “We don’t think there should be a carbon-based energy industry by the middle of this century,” “The real alternative is not an alternative route. It’s an alternative economy.”
He once described the oil and gas sector as cancer in an op-ed in the Toronto Star, writing:
“Keep smoking kids. We need the tax revenue. Trust us, we will cure cancer by the time you get it. So goes our national political leaders’ myopic view of the tar sands.”
Butts has been described as the architect of the Ontario Green Energy Act that resulted in 150% increases in off-peak electricity rates to Ontarians and was part of the prime minister's office when Liberal policies chased away a 30 billion dollars in oil patch investment.
However, according to this Federal government contract, “only one person is capable of performing the work” - and he just happens to the best friend and former chief advisor to the Prime Minister who recently quietly joined the Liberal election war room.
What a happy coincidence for Butts!
While Canadian veterans are asking for more than the Liberals can give them, the Liberals can find a way to give their friends $200,000 contracts.
(UPDATE: Eurasia Group has contacted us to advise that they have received other grants from the Trudeau government when Butts worked there, before Butts joined their firm. They claim he was not involved with this grant. We have asked the Eurasia Group if Butts was involved in steering those earlier funds to them, and we will let you know of their reply.)