In new interview with David Staples of the Edmonton Journal, Alberta's NDP Premier Rachel Notley says she’s shocked to find that some anti-oilsands activists in Canada are funded by foreign interests:
Now Notley is also criticizing the U.S.-funded “tar sands” campaign dedicated to landlocking Alberta oil by demonizing our industry. “I’m frustrated by it, of course,” Notley says of the campaign. “Vivian Krause (the B.C. researcher) and people like her have done a good job of really laying bare the details of this and really showing us the degree to which this had been going on and building over time.”
How can Rachel Notley possibly be shocked by this, when she has hired some of these foreign-funded lobbyists to work for her?
Let’s start with the foreign-funded lobbyist, Tzeporah Berman, that Rachel Notley hired to be the co-chair of her oilsands advisory council. She used to work for Greenpeace, based in Europe. Then she came to Canada, to fight the oilsands full-time. Now she’s paid by U.S.-based Stand Earth, which used to be called Forest Ethics. She never quit those positions while she was hired by Notley, either.
Karen Mahon was also on that advisory council, and also worked for Stand Earth. In fact, in a press release, they boast about her being arrested by the RCMP at a Kinder Morgan protest.
So she’s not just a lobbyist. She’s a criminal.
When Notley became premier, ten out of 12 of her cabinet’s chiefs of staff were from outside Alberta, NDP activists from Vancouver and Toronto who had lost in races there.
TONIGHT I'll remind you of some of these hires, and their work as foreign-funded anti-oil lobbyists.
I'll also show you, once again, the Rockefellers-funded “tar sands” campaign plan — it’s from 2008, when they decided to kill Alberta.
It took them ten years, but they did it.
In this plan, they list all their front groups:
Greenpeace on there — so that’s Tzeporah Berman. Forest Ethics (now called Stand Earth) — so that’s Karen Mahon. The Pembina Institute — that’s where Notley’s new appointee to the Alberta Energy Regulator came from. That’s also where Catherine McKenna’s chief of staff came from. The World Wildlife Fund — that was run by Gerald Butts. The Sierra Club — their former president works for Trudeau in Ottawa now.
So, yeah. Rachel Notley saying she’s shocked. Sure she is...
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