I just finished watching Inside Politics with Evan Solomon. In this episode, he’s speaking with John Bennett of the Sierra Club and Kathryn Marshall of Ethical (sic) Oil. I turned off the player about 8 minutes in. Ms. Marshall was too much for me. And I mean it. Too. Much. Arrogant. Rude. Repetitive. As one Facebook commenter said, Clearly, she’s built so that when you pull the string that comes out of her back she says either “We’re a grassroots organization” or “This is a about foreign money.” Talk about puppets, eh?
Interestingly, the Ottawa Citizen today revealed that Ethical Oil dial-a-quote Kathryn Marshall is married to Hamish Marshall, Harper’s former strategic planning manager. Those rightwingers are very interconnected. For a better rundown on that, check out this post at deepclimate.org.
Another interconnection came to my attention as I prepared this blogpost. Former Conservative MP and Cabinet Minister, David Emerson, is currently employed by the Chinese government. He’s working for the China Investment Corporation which, according to Reuters, purchased a 45 percent stake in oil sands properties near Peace River, Alberta … for $801 million about a year ago. The Ottawa Citizen has more on all that.
A post over at Creekside the other day inspired me to do a bit of research on those corporations which have invested in the tarsands project. It’s not pretty. Their ethics are questionable, to say the least. Their involvement in human rights abuses, the illegal arms trade and ecological destruction around the globe have been documented. Check them out from the links below and then send a message to your MP, asking why Canada is open to doing business with these corporations: