I’m reporting from Montreal to follow up on a stunning story we told you about recently: the billboard company that turned down our latest pro-ethical oil campaign.
Remember the background? After Montreal mayor Denis Coderre vowed to stop the Energy East pipeline, we started our CutThemOff.ca campaign, sending him a blunt, simple message:
If you don’t want ethical oil from Alberta, fine — then no more equalization payments for Quebec.
Then we doubled down with a new billboard, right across from Montreal City Hall, reminding everyone that Coderre was the one who’d released billions of litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River.
These billboards caused a ruckus, but we didn’t expect what happened next:
The billboard company we’d been working with turned down our third design, which criticized Coderre for favouring OPEC “sharia” oil over Canadian oil.
The company said they received veiled threats from City Hall and couldn’t accept our business.
That’s why I’m in Montreal today:
To get this new billboard seen by Montrealers, by another means.
A man named Ronald Bérubé of Euromobile Canada refused to be bulled by the mayor.
He contacted me after our last report and offered to drive us and our billboard around Montreal.
So we did just that.
While we were at it, we talked directly to ordinary folks about Coderre's anti-Energy East stance. Did they agree with it? Did they think our message deserved to be banned?
WATCH and see -- and thank YOU for making this free speech, pro-Canada campaign possible!