Our campaign must be working. Just a few days after we began warning Canadians about the foreign puppet groups out to sabotage our public hearings over the Northern Gateway pipeline, the prime minister has heard our message.
“We have to have processes in Canada that come to a decision in a reasonable amount of time and processes that cannot be hijacked,” he said on Friday.
“In particular, growing concern has been expressed to me about the use of foreign money to really overload the public consultation phase of regulatory hearings just for the purpose of slowing down the process. This is something that is not good for the Canadian economy, and the government of Canada will be taking a close look at how we can ensure that our regulatory processes are effective and deliver decisions in a reasonable amount of time.”
Foreign-funded groups like EcoJustice Canada, Environmental Defence Canada, the West Coast Environmental Law Foundation and the Pembina Foundation have been quietly infiltrating Canadian policy debates for some time now, apparently thinking they could get away with it. But when foreign money tries buying influence in our regulatory hearings, things have gone far enough that even the prime minister himself warns of the damage it poses to the Canadian economy and talks about taking steps to correct it.
And yet, listen to how the environmental movement responds: According to the Globe and Mail, a spokesman for the foreign-funded Greenpeace, says it’s “refreshing to know” that groups like his “can both worry and stop” Canadian industry.
How wonderful for the folks at Greenpeace that they’re comforted in the knowledge that their foreign money can disrupt our domestic affairs so easily. The rest of us can now take comfort in the fact that the government of Canada is ready to do something to stop it.