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Politics and its Discontents: A Bit More About Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver

Late yesterday afternoon, I wrote a post on one of our more shameful politicians, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and the embarrassment we all should feel over his performance in Washington in a speech to a carefully-screened audience pushing the XL Keystone pipeline. In it, he rebuked and ridiculed leading climate-change scientist James Hansen for his warnings about the Alberta tarsands.

In a comment on yesterday’s post, which you can read in by clicking the above link, The Salamander offered his usual penetrating analysis, this time assessing the Natural Resources Minister and providing a link to Franke James’ site. An (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Deplorable Day of the Con Monkeys

Well one thing is for sure eh?You can't let our Con monkeys run wild, or they WILL get into trouble.Make absolute fools out of themselves, and embarrass us all.Like Joe Oliver did today. Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Oh, Joe Oliver, Have You No Shame? UPDATED

In denouncing a leading climate change scientist, the coward, Resources Minister Joe Oliver, showed his complete lack of character, insisting that his message be delivered to a carefully screened audience to avoid any embarrassment from those who favour truth over propaganda.

As Canadians, we should all feel ashamed by the way we are being misrepresented in other countries by this man and his government.

UPDATED: Perhaps you will agree that this interview with Oliver by Evan Solomon can only compound our collective embarrassment over his lies/ineptitude:

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Trashy's World: This is beyond crazy…

The Minister for NRCan’s view on climate change? Meh. No biggie. “I think that people aren’t as worried as they were before about global warming of two degrees,” Oliver said in an editorial board interview with Montreal daily newspaper, La Presse. “Scientists have recently told us that our fears (on climate change) are exaggerated.” Oliver [...]

Montreal Simon: Joe Oliver and the Pipeline Parable

The last time I saw Joe Oliver he was still trying to sell his dirty oil pipeline.Still trying to convince us that the water from the tailing ponds was safe enough to drink.But since then there have been some unfortunate developments eh? It turns out it's NOT good to the last drop. Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Thomas Walkom offers an insider’s look at outsourcing: Arlene says any outsourcing scheme begins with the institution’s senior management. Usually, she says, the aim is to transfer about 60 per cent of the affected jobs — often in back-shop areas like information technology — to India where wages are a fraction of those paid in Canada.

The remaining 40 per cent, which generally require more local support, are outsourced to third-party firms in Canada. They in turn, subcontract the jobs to individual Canadians. The aim here, Arlene says, is to not only to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

350 or bust: Not The Old Canada: A New Tourist Souvenir Reflects Nation’s New Reality

Here’s Dan Murphy ‘s suggestion for a new “tar-sational” souvenir for tourists visiting our beautiful , along with Big Oil corporate donation opportunities:

Montreal Simon: Joe Oliver’s Most Embarrassing Photo-Op

As you know Joe Oliver has had some pretty bad news conferences eh?Like the time he called environmentalists radicals or dangerous extremists.Or the time he claimed we would be able to drink the tarry bubbly from the tailing ponds.Well, the other day he held another big photo-op in Vancouver, and it was even more ridiculous. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Joe Oliver Goes to War Again

Uh oh. He's BAAAAACK!!!Joe "Oily" Oliver, the screaming scarecrow of the Tar Sands.First he called Canadian environmentalists job killing extremists, and tools of foreign interests.Then he promised we would be able to drink the tarry bubbly from the tailing ponds. And that it would taste like prosperity.Now he's back as crazy as ever, waving his twiggy arms around, and claiming that Thomas Mulcair is unfit to govern.Read more »

Impolitical: Irresponsible Polling Developments on "Responsible Resource Development"

Interesting report from Canadian Press on the government’s advertising campaign on “Responsible Resource Development” in more ways than one: “Light on facts, heavy on patriotism, focus groups help hone NRCan advertising.” Two things here…

Natural Resources hired Leger Marketing to do some research on the government’s advertising messages, as the report notes. OK. Further down, however, you read that CAPP, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, met with senior Environment Canada officials and provided them with a CAPP-commissioned poll by Harris-Decima that indicated how voters were receiving CAPP’s own ads. Notably, the CAPP poll provided the government with a

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Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellanous material for your Monday reading.

- Will Hutton recognizes that an unregulated market can lead to disastrous results for everybody concerned – and that conversely, effective regulation can help to ensure the success of businesses which best meet the long-term needs of their workers and customers: What the Paterson worldview has never understood is that effective regulation is a source of competitive advantage. If Britain had a tough Food Standards Agency, it would become a gold standard for food quality, labelling and hygiene. British supermarkets and food companies could become known for their quality at home and abroad, rather

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Earthgauge Radio: Interview with Keith Stewart of Greenpeace

Download: keith-stewart-edited-forair.mp3

Roughly one year ago, the federal Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, issued an open letter attacking “environmental and other radical groups” that “threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda.” Canada’s regulatory system was “broken”, he declared, and changing it was “an urgent matter of Canada’s national interest.”

How interesting then to learn this week that Greenpeace had uncovered, through an Access to Information request, a letter that was sent by representatives of the oil industry to the federal Ministers of the Environment and Natural Resources in December 2011 requesting major

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The Ranting Canadian: According to The Canadian Press: “Statistics Canada says…

According to The Canadian Press: “Statistics Canada says the country’s trade deficit with the world ballooned to $2 billion in November from $552 million in October as merchandise imports rose 2.7 per cent and exports fell 0.9 per cent.”

But, but … the Harper Conservatives keep telling us (despite all evidence to the contrary) that globalization/free trade opens markets to Canadian businesses, grows the Canadian economy and creates opportunities for “hard-working Canadian families” … yadda yadda yadda.

The Cons wouldn’t lie to us, would they? Of course they would. That’s what they do. It’s in their

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Impolitical: Natural Resources asks media outlet to destroy records

Postmedia had a report last night on Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver writing to his officials, in email, on his needing briefings on major energy projects in Canada so he could speak to them knowledgeably. He made the request in the aftermath of a Jim Prentice speech which mentioned a number of big energy projects. Prentice is the former Environment minister who left for CIBC. So the emails make it appear that the Natural Resources minister is playing catch up on issues that a former minister, now departed, is making waves on.

Notably, Oliver asked for information on a $15

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Accidental Deliberations: On preordained outcomes

Joe Oliver is trying to pretend that the National Energy Board actually gets to determine whether the Northern Gateway pipeline gets approved: Oliver avoided directly answering a question as to whether Ottawa would ram through approval should the project get the thumbs down, but acknowledged the outcome is rarely negative.

He said the government would certainly follow any conditions the panel might recommend in order to give the project the green light.

But lest we forget: it’s the Cons who have decreed that the NEB has no authority to say “no” to the Gateway based on environmental effects – even

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Impolitical: Joe Oliver’s natural resources new economics

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver was in Toronto on Tuesday to give a speech and kick off the fall with some new economic data produced by his department. This is the press release version on the government website: “Minister Oliver Highlights Economic Impact of Canada’s Natural Resources.” There is also a backgrounder that contains what they term “methodology” to explain the figures used in the press release.

The highlights of Oliver’s remarks were essentially two points. First, that jobs created by the natural resources sector are not just found in traditional natural resources industries. Rather, we should include all

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Impolitical: Today in Joe Oliver

While there is deserved attention on Harper’s chief of staff over Barrick Gold links today, let’s also ask some questions about what Minister Joe “Responsible Resource Development™” Oliver is up to in his late summer travels. Today he was on site in Cambridge at the Aecon Group Inc. facility. There was, of course, a political motive behind this photo-op. Beyond their political priorities, however, there are questions about the role of a government minister and whether Oliver, in his ministerial capacity, should be so actively promoting a corporate interest like Aecon. From the ministerial press release: “Aecon is an

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Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.

- Moira Herbst is the latest to comment on the connection between the lack of good jobs and an excess of corporate cash hoarding: (I)t would be refreshing if the pundit-political class considered a radical but obvious idea: tapping the multitrillion-dollar stockpiles of corporate cash currently sitting on the sidelines and benefiting no one. Compulsive hoarding is unhealthy for individuals. It’s even worse for whole economies.

The sorry facts are these: job growth is still half of what is needed to keep up with population growth. Meanwhile, more than 14% of the US workforce

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Accidental Deliberations: The sales pitch

Following up on yesterday’s Photoshop post, let’s salute one of the most eminently parody-worthy moments of the Cons’ spring: namely, Joe Oliver’s pitch to get Canadians drinking water from oil sands tailings ponds.

Joe Oliver pitches Conservative Sludge

Song of the Watermelon: On Growth and Its Limits

George Monbiot offers a fascinating insight in the wake of last week’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro. While rightly deriding the declaration adopted by world leaders for containing little more than meaningless fluff, he notes an evolution in diplomatic language regarding the environment over the years from “sustainability” to “sustainable development” to “sustainable growth” to, most recently, “sustained growth.”

This seems as good a time as any to launch into a topic dear to every environmentalist’s heart: the growth debate.

Intuitively, it does not make much sense to suppose that infinite economic growth

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Politics and its Discontents: A Followup To Dr. Chris Keefer’s Brave Stance

The other day I posted a link to a remarkable video showing Dr. Chris Keefer interrupting Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s announcement at Toronto General hospital to protest Bill C-31, the legislation that will deny to those claiming refugee-status life saving drugs.

Bernie Farber has written a piece in The Huffington Post lauding the doctor’s courage and integrity as he further explores the implications of this legislation. Recommend this Post

Nunc Scio: Joe Oliver, Conservative policies get pwned

It’s amazing how a cabinet minister can go to pieces when confronted with a little informed dissent.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Honorable Joe Oliver: Minister, Conservative MP, sulky child.

Thanks to NH for the tip!

OPSEU Diablogue: Press conference aborted after doc asks question about cuts to refugee health plan

University Health Network CEO Bob Bells tried to apologize after a doctor and a medical student interrupted a press conference by Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver at the Toronto General Hospital yesterday. Is this really Dr. Bell’s role? The … Continue reading →

Accidental Deliberations: On importance

There’s been plenty of debate about the protest which caused Joe Oliver to move a funding announcement. But I’d think there’s a more fundamental question we should ask about the event, particularly when the indignant response of the event host was to the effect that “this is an important announcement!”.

To wit: how exactly is it important for the Cons to be able to dictate that a public venue serve as a resistance-free backdrop for their PR efforts?

To be clear, there may be circumstances where the announcement of a policy may have a significant effect on its implementation.

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Politics and its Discontents: Speaking Truth To Power

I hope this video renews your faith in people as it has mine:

Dr. Chris Keefer interrupts Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver:

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