Calling on Canadians to Stand Up to Prime Minister's Threats to Civil
VANCOUVER, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - After a month of escalating rhetoric
from the Harper government and oil industry front groups and confirmation today from internal government documents that the
government explicitly identified environmental and aboriginal groups as
"adversaries" in its strategy to increase tar sands exports, ForestEthics has launched a petition calling on Canadians to tell the
Prime Minister that they won't be bullied into silence on issues that
effect their communities, coast, province or environment.
"Canadian civil society is under threat from the intimidation tactics
coming out of the Prime Minister's office, and Canadians are insulted
by insinuations from the Minister of Natural Resources that they are
merely 'bodies' being 'stacked' by foreign interests" said Nikki Skuce
of ForestEthics. "We are no one's puppets and as Canadians will not
take threats to democracy lying down."
Today's petition comes after weeks of threatening signals from the Prime
Minister's office, including an unusual open letter by Minister of
Natural Resources Joe Oliver calling opponents of the Enbridge pipeline
and tankers 'radicals' out "to hijack our regulatory system to achieve
their radical ideological agenda." This letter coincided with the onset
of public hearings on the controversial proposed Enbridge Northern
Earlier this week, the Globe & Mail reported that a representative of
the Prime Minister's office had indicated that it considered
ForestEthics -- an organization founded in Canada and a part of several
long-term partnerships with government and industry -- to be "acting
against the government of Canada and the people of Canada."
"No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, the issue of
silencing the voices of our citizens - and our democracy - should raise
alarm for every Canadian," said Valerie Langer of ForestEthics. "This
is bigger than any one issue, it's about our society as a whole."
ForestEthics, a nonprofit with staff in Canada and the United States,
recognizes that individual people can be mobilized to create positive
environmental change—and so can corporations. Armed with this unique
philosophy, ForestEthics has secured agreements to protect more than 65
million acres of Endangered Forests. Visit forestethics.org, for more information.
For further information:
Contact - Valerie Langer - 604-307-6448