Friday, January 27, 2006

Algore on Canada

It's not just Michael Moore anymoore. Algore thinks that big oil has pulled a fast one on Canadian voters:
"The election in Canada was partly about the tar sands projects in Alberta," Gore said Wednesday while attending the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

"And the financial interests behind the tar sands project poured a lot of money and support behind an ultra-conservative leader in order to win the election . . . and to protect their interests."
As if this even needed debunking, the article notes that
The federal Elections Act limits how much money individuals, corporations and unions can donate to political parties. Individuals are allowed to give as much as $5,000 a year, while companies and unions are capped at $1,000 a year.

In their election platform, the Conservatives promised to further limit individual donations to a maximum of $1,000 and ban all donations from corporations, unions and organizations.
Of course he is just taking on oil companies to generate publicity for his new book on global warming. The first chapter is about how you shouldn't cut down trees to make books that no one will read.


Blogger -i- said...

The election in Canada was not really "The Conservatives won", but more like "The Liberals lost". Far from having a real pulse on the nation, it seems to me that most people were just really fed-up with the scandal plagued Liberals. The success of the Conservatives and their leader Stephen Harper is largely due to the fact that he came across as being more Liberal than Conservative leaving abortion, pot, and gay marriage off the platform. His just right of the centre platform worked though. The real story is that most urban areas (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal) didn't vote for the Conservatives, and that the New Democrats made some serious inroads.

The fallout is just beginning to take shape: the Ambassador to the USA, Patrick McKenna, promptly resigned, citing that he was not able to explain Conservative politics to the Americans. I'm still scratching my head on that one.

Blogger Roy said...

That was my impression as well. The Liberals had some fraud/kickback scheme that was exposed and that had more to do with the elections than any sort of conservative sentiment amongst Canadian voters.

My point is just that left wing celebrities/politicians (which one is Gore now?) always feel the need to weigh in on things they know absolutely nothing about. Add a pinch of conspiracy theory and you might just get the presidential nomination.


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