As if this should be even slightly surprising:
After banishing environmentalists and opposition MPs from Canada’s delegation to the Bali climate conference, Ottawa has decided to allow an oil company and several business executives to join the official delegation.
Two companies from Ottawa, where Environment Minister John Baird is an MP, have been allowed to join Canada’s official delegation to the climate-change conference, according to documents obtained by The Globe and Mail.
A major oil and gas producer, EnCana Corp. of Calgary, was also permitted to join the delegation.
By joining the Canadian delegation, the corporations could influence Canada’s position at the Bali conference, where about 190 countries are trying to hammer out a new agreement to replace the Kyoto accord to solve the global-warming crisis.
Last month, the government announced that environmental groups and opposition MPs would not be welcome in the official delegation at Bali, despite a long-standing tradition of including them in Canadian delegations to international meetings. Aboriginal groups were also banned from the delegation.
Among those included on the Canadian delegation are four executives of Iogen Corp., a biotechnology company that produces cellulose ethanol, and PlascoEnergy Group Inc., a waste conversion company.
Both are based in Ottawa, and both have received substantial federal money. Iogen was given $7.7-million by the federal government last February, while Plasco has received $6.5-million from the federal government.
Plasco’s CEO is Rod Bryden, former owner of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League.
By joining the official Canadian delegation, the companies will gain a series of privileges, including access to government briefings and closed-door sessions at the Bali conference.
A senior government official confirmed that the three companies are included in the Canadian delegation. “These three companies are good examples of new, exciting and innovative Canadian technology,” he said. “It’s impossible to bring everyone, but we’re happy that these companies are here as examples of Canadian technology to fight climate change.”
Forget taking its cue from the general public or allowing input from environmentalists, opposition members, and, in the immortal (alleged) words of former Ontario Premier (and Baird’s old boss) Mike Harris, “fucking Indians.” The Stephen Harper Party proudly tap dances to the tune of Big Carbon and the puppetmasters down south. But hey, thanks for hastily offering bread and circuses to follow up the Bali dog and pony show, John-boy.
(h/t Croghan27 and Boom Boom @ Bread and Roses)
More from Scott Tribe, who notes that the Tories “chose one of the [oil] companies that has been cited by the Europeans as being one of the worst with regards to pollution in the tarsands.” (Ethical Corporation link via BigCityLib).
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