In Canada there are thousands of people who work to advance OPEC’s interests. The amazing thing is, most of them do so unwittingly.
Canadians will continue to need oil for decades to come. So when radical activists campaign to stop Canadian industry and infrastructure development, they are actually campaigning to continue Canada and the world’s reliance on oil from OPEC’s tyrants.
To acknowledge the work of OPEC’s surrogates in Canada, EthicalOil.org hosted the inaugural OPEC Lobbyists of the Year Awards to acknowledge those who have truly stood out in advancing OPEC’s interests in Canada over the past year.
Associate – Norton RoseYou may not have heard of him, but you certainly have seen the fruits of his labour. Mr. Agarwal was the lawyer the Saudis hired when they sought to suppress free speech in Canada. When EthicalOil.org aired an ad on Canadian television networks last fall to educate the public on the consequences of supporting conflict oil, Rahool signed the letter threatening lawsuits if we didn’t pull the ad. The Saudi Ambassador even sought a meeting with Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, just to complain about EthicalOil.org. The dictators in Riyadh apparently did not want Canadians to know that buying Saudi conflict oil supports human rights abusers and the oppression of women.
Executive Director, Environmental DefenceDr. Smith must be exhausted after his busy year. In addition to opposing the Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipelines -which would expand Ethical Oil exports -Dr. Smith and his pals at Environmental Defence have even been fighting to keep Canadian Oil from reaching CAnadians. Environmental Defence has been a vocal and active opponent against reversing the flow of the Line 9 pipeline. That reversal would would allow Ethical Oil to flow from western Canada to markets in eastern Canada that currently have to import oil, often from conflict oil regimes. And to make matters worse, Canadian taxpayers are subsidizing their efforts, as the group is a registered charity. When we last checked, OPEC did not have any of their own lobbyists registered in Canada. But why would OPEC need to hire anyone else when it has surrogates like Rick Smith at Environmental Defence to do it for them.
Member of the Northern Gateway Project Joint Review Panel, Vice-Chair of the National Energy Board