Rachel Notley, the Rockefellers and Alberta's landlocked oil by Vivian Krause


At the very least, some form of legal action would have put on court record that the Tar Sands Campaign explicitly funds activist groups - including First Nations - to landlock Canadian oil. Notley had a choice. She could have taken action against the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Notley could have defended Alberta and, indeed, all of Canada. She didn't. Notley has rarely if ever mentioned the Rockefeller name in public even though it is their money, their campaign, that has sabotaged the backbone industry of Alberta's economy.

The Tar Sands Campaign has been running for more than a decade with financial help from the US$870-million Rockefeller family philanthropic foundation. The goal of the campaign, as CBC reported in January, is to sabotage all pipeline projects that would export crude oil from Western Canada to lucrative overseas markets.

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Bill C-278, Foreign Lobbyist Transparency Act, which would have ensured the disclosure of funding by a foreigner - person, corporation or organization - and whether they expect to use "grassroots communication" to influence Canadians to "delay or otherwise negatively affect" the federal government's intentions fell to defeat. Conservative proponents such as the MP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke pointed to decisions the Liberal government has made that favours environmentalists over oil companies. They want to know if U.S. environmental groups are spending money to influence Canadian policy.