With its talk about “foreigners” and “hijack”-ing and “kill”-ing, Joe Oliver’s open letter to foreign-funded anti-pipeline lobbyists is turning into the new “Rivers of Blood.”
That is, hyperbolic — and accurate.
The Left is pretending to be angry about the former, but they’re really pissed about the latter.
Anyway, here’s Ezra Levant’s take on the Left’s selective outrage:
Oliver said three main things about them: They’re bankrolled by foreigners; they’re radical; and they’re trying to rig the rules of the review panel.
Did the antis dispute the truth of his three essential claims?
(Antis are a good name for them. They’re anti-industry, anti-oil, anti-pipeline and anti-jobs. But selectively. They’ve never had an anti-tanker campaign opposing OPEC tankers bringing Saudi oil to eastern Canada. They’ve never had a protest against the pipeline that brings OPEC oil from a port in Maine up to Montreal. OPEC tankers even sail right up the St. Lawrence. The antis have never complained about that).
Last weekend on CTV, Swanson was asked about the propriety of taking foreign money. His answer: “If I got dufflebags of money delivered from Martians from outer space I would still take that money.”
He’d take money from anyone to fight against a Canadian project from any foreigner, even from aliens. He obviously can’t raise enough money from real Canadians. They don’t support him. But he has no pangs of disloyalty about going to foreigners.