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MP Tony Clement, Canada's current President of the Treasury Board and former Industry Minister shares the same address as the Ethical Oil organization but it goes a long way back; to the days when he was running to be Prime Minister.
In 2004 Clement was running against Harper to become the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. The address for donations to his campaign was; Tony Clement Campaign, PO Box 1047, 31 Adelaide St. East, Toronto, ON M5C 2K4
Today, 2012, eight years later Ethical Oil maintains the same address. PO Box 1047, 31 Adelaide St. East, Toronto, ON M5C 2K4
Ethical Oils website is maintained by a 26-year old conservative law student at the University of Calgary named Kathryn Marshall. According to the Ottawa Citizen, Marshall is married to Hamish Marshall, Harper's former strategic planning manager.
According to Ian McGugan (askian,,,gmail.com) , a reader of this website from Vancouver, “it was Ms. Kathryn Marshall’s terrible television performance on CBC that got me digging into the whole issue.”
And after some internet digging he discovered these same addresses listed. The ties under the Conservative/Reform/Alberta/Industry go deep and a long ways back. Ezra Levant, the author of “Ethical Oil” withdrew from the Calgary SW nomination race to allow Harper to win a seat in Federal Politics.
To watch this poor performance by Marshall and to read more on the ties that bind click on the link following the ETHICAL OIL story below these website addresses, which contain the PO Box identification for Clement and ethical oil.http://www.ethicaloil.org/about/http://www.freedominion.ca/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=19884 ETHICALOIL.ORG AND THE HARPER GOVERNMENT
"Ethical Oil" didn't just spring from nowhere - it was carefully conceived in the manner of major advertising campaigns and the work of Republican strategist Frank Luntz (who coined "the death tax" in order to push lower estate taxes, and encouraged the Bush Administration to re-frame global warming as "climate change", for instance). In fact, what we are presently witnessing around the Enbridge debate is the full-force implementation of American-style political campaign tactics - where everything is built around a single, simple concept - like "socialist" Obama-care (right!), "tough on terror", or Orwellian distortions like the "Patriot "Act - which, no matter how illogical, gain traction through relentless, monosyllabic repetition, delivered via the triple threat of corporate media, government and corporate-backed lobbies, "think tanks" and pr firms.Read the Rest and the video of Marshall HereMORE STORIES OF INTEREST ON THE PLANSChina’s on an oil buying binge. And Canada is where China likes to shop.
Since 2002 China, through four state owned oil companies, has spent over $65 billion dollars to purchase oil and gas fields and production facilities around the world.
Almost 15% of China’s expenditures went towards securing oil from Canada’s tar sands, according to a joint 2011 report of the International Energy Agency and the OECD. China now owns significant stakes in Northern Lights Oil Sands, MEG Energy, Athabasca Oil Sands, Penn West Energy and Syncrude.
China’s buying spree isn’t an accident. It’s a government policy that’s developed haphazardly since the late 1980’s. China is determined to ensure that it continue to grow an economy that is increasingly dependent on energy from oil and gas.
In 2009, China imported 53% of its oil. By 2035 that’s expected to grow to 82% or 12.8 million barrels each and every day. China’s foreign policy is, in part, determined by the need to resource that growth.
That means moral issues like human rights take back seat to oil security. “No matter if it’s rogue’s oil or a friend’s oil, we don’t care,” an energy adviser told the Washington Post in 2005 on the condition he not be identified, citing the threat of government disciplinary action. “Human rights? We don’t care. We care about oil.”
Ditto for the environment. China’s interest in oil security overrides all other concerns.Read the rest here at TheRealStory.caTHE REAL FOREIGN INTERESTS IN THE OILSANDS By Terry Glavin, The Ottawa Citizen January 12, 2012
The $5.5-billion Enbridge pipeline project is all about sending Alberta bitumen in huge oil tankers to China. Beijing’s own state enterprises are among the project’s major backers, and Beijing has been buying up Alberta’s oilpatch at such a dizzying pace lately it’s hard to keep up. In the spring of 2010, China’s state-owned Sinopec Corp. took a $4.65-billion piece of Syncrude. Then the China Investment Corporation, which is run by the Chinese Communist Party, took possession of a $1.25-billon share of Penn West Petroleum. Last summer, the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation gobbled up Opti Canada for $2.34 billion. And so on.Then, last month, Sinopec spent $2.2-billion to take over Daylight Energy Ltd., and last week, Petro-China, with the final push of $1.9 billion, became the owner and manager of the MacKay River oilsands project. This is what Ottawa doesn’t want you noticing.Read the rest here
Late Update; Apparently we were not the first to post on thisSisterSagesMusings.caPoliticsRespun.org NEW UPDATED INFOFrom the Vancouver Observer
Tony Clement's communications director Jennifer Gearey called to say that it was "sheer coincidence", asking if living in the same house as a previous tenant indicated a connection between the residents. She requested the story to be taken down.
"The balance of probabilities makes me think that the P.O. box is still under the control of the Ontario PC party," said Vancouver-based analyst Ian McGugan, who first notified The Vancouver Observer about the mailing addresses of the Clement campaign and the Ethical Oil website.
It's confusing that Ethical Oil donations go to a mailing address in Ontario, while Ethical Oil: the case for Canada's oil sands author Ezra Levant, who was also the site's initiator, is based in Calgary and the main spokesperson for the campaign, Kathryn Marshall, works in Vancouver. Marshall was formerly a development associate at the Fraser Institute, a right-wing think tank. Cozy Ties: Astroturf 'Ethical Oil' and Conservative Alliance to Promote Tar Sands ExpansionSource with links Here
Viewers of Ethical Oil’s disingenuous new ad campaign aren’t being told about the intricate web of industry influence peddlers behind the effort and their connections to the Harper government and oil interests. In the middle of this web is Hamish Marshall, a Conservative strategist deeply connected to oil interests as well as both the Conservatives and ultra-right wing Wildrose Alliance Party. In this case, the lines between politics and big business interests are so blurred, it is nearly impossible to distinguish them.
OurDecision.ca is the Ethical Oil Institute's attempt to dupe northern BC citizens into supporting the Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker infrastructure, claiming that it’s “our choice” as Canadians to exploit the tar sands and pipe it to foreign export terminals. The fact that the oil boom will actually enrich foreign investors from China, Europe and the multinational oil companies with a major stake in Alberta oil patch is nowhere to be seen in Ethical Oil’s propaganda. (The hypocrisy of their arguments here is reminiscent of their previous attempt to claim the mantle of women's rights to greenwash the tar sands.)Ethical Oil Spokesoman compares herself to Margaret ThatcherIT ISN'T EASY BEING AN IRON LADY