With Senator Nicole Eaton publicly leading the charge, the government's effort to demonize environmentalists is moving to the next level.
Promising to reveal information that would make "your blood boil," a Conservative senator opened a new front in the federal government's attack against environmentalists Tuesday.
"There is political manipulation. There is influence peddling. There are millions of dollars crossing borders masquerading as charitable donations," Senator Nicole Eaton declared as she launched an inquiry in the Senate into the "interference of foreign foundations in Canada's domestic affairs" and their "abuse" of Revenue Canada's charitable status.
Eaton is throwing around a figure of $300 million that has supposedly poured into the country in an effort to shape Canadian policy to serve "foreign" interests. Never mind the fact that we're talking chump change compared to the lobbying budget of the oil industry. As saner people quoted in that story point out, that $300 million has come into Canada over more than a decade intended to address a broad range of environmental issues and not just tar sands development and pipelines. And of course building pipelines that would allow the development of the tar sands to expand is what this is all about.
And if you think Nicole Eaton is getting a bit carried away with herself, check out Peter Kent.