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For Sale To Highest Bidder: Canada’s Climate Policy


News release, December 6, 2010 by Climate Justice Canada

Ottawa/Cancun:  Climate activists in Canada, as well as those in Cancun, Mexico, were floored today to come across Canada’s Climate Policy listed for sale on Ebay Canada.

“It’s not surprising to see that they are selling our country’s climate policy to the fossil fuel industry, but it’s definitely a shock to know they are using Ebay!” Natasha Peters, an activist from Climate Justice Ottawa currently in Cancun.

The ad appears to be posted by Stephen Harper, and is selling the virtues of owning Canada’s Climate Policy to oil and gas companies.

“I knew these deals were happening, but I always thought they went down behind closed doors,” Cameron Gray, an organizer from Victoria, BC explained. “At least selling it on Ebay uses up less emissions that corporate conferences and flights to and from Ottawa.”

The ad points to the Climate Prosperity initiative as evidence of its commitment to represent industry interest in climate policy. The initiative was launched this fall by Canada’s National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, and lists major tar sands developer Suncor as one of the main funders.

“Maybe we can all pool our savings and take a crack at buying this,” Daniel T’selie an organizer from Fort Good Hope, NWT stated. “Writing letters and lobbying clearly aren’t working, maybe buying the government will? It certainly has for polluters.”


Photo: Courtesy of Greenpeace

Picture via “Put a CAPP on Tar Sands Greenwashing“, used with permission

Are you tired of the Canadian government selling out to the highest bidder on our climate policy?  Make some noise!  Here are some steps you can take:

The Council of Canadians has started a campaign to send a message to John Baird that Canadians want a climate policy that addresses the future for our children and grandchildren. They are asking you to step outside in the evening or turn out the lights and light a candle of hope for the Kyoto Protocol. Have a friend or family member take a digital photo of you and then send that photo to Those photos will be posted on the Council of Canadians website and included in a message with all of the rest of the photos to environment minister John Baird tomorrow.

Or, take 2 minutes of your time to send Stephen Harper a message via the David Suzuki Foundation:   Click here for the English version or here for the version Française

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