After winning the premiership of Alberta, United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney gave a long speech, but the part that got the biggest cheers was when he said he’s finally going to fight back against the foreign anti-oil extremists.
He can bring in new laws, like South Dakota’s law against “riot boosting.”
Most laws are already on the books, though. There is a Canadian version of the RICO statute in the U.S., that could be used to prosecute an environmental group that acts like a Hells Angels gang or a mafia family.
But the real response isn’t just to use police; or even civil lawsuits. It’s to cut off these anti-oil extremists from their foreign funding — money being funnelled up from the U.S. from the Rockefeller brothers, the Tides Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, and many others.
(Foundations which, funny enough, don’t ever go after Saudi oil or Russian oil or Iranian oil. Just ethical oil in Canada...)
So how do you go against them? Charge them with money-laundering; tax fraud; filing false charitable returns. We know they did it. Because we know the law, and they broke it.
And they were on the cusp of being brought to justice — until Justin Trudeau halted the Canada Revenue audit that would have decertified them as "charities."
So what can Kenney do now?
Well, the CRA is a federal organization.
But was there fraud on provincial taxes from these groups?
Was there a crime — like money-laundering — that can be investigated by Alberta police, and prosecuted by Alberta’s attorney general?
Go after the foreign-funded lobbyists in the court of public opinion. But go after them in the court of law, too.
Hit them where it hurts most — their pocketbook. Make their secret U.S. donors scared they’ll be outed. Put the lobbyists on the back foot for once. Smoke them out.
They’ll be too busy protecting themselves and hiding their foreign funders to have time to organize protests, don’t you think?
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