Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Big Oil Supports Paul Martin's Liberals

In recent weeks Paul Martin has speculated about who financially supported Stephen Harper, but now maybe we can ask Paul Martin about his own supporters. AlsoCanadian did a piece a while back about how a Canadian oil company, Talisman Energy, may have been helping the Sudanese government at the very same time the Liberal government was giving lectures on how the ethnic cleansing should be stopped. AlsoCanadian then showed us some very revealing facts about how the Liberal government had ignored calls to sanction Talisman and speculated about their policy of political donations.

Here is a summary of their political donations in 2003:

$10,000 to the Liberal Party of Canada
$10,000 each to the Paul Martin
$10,000 John Manley leadership campaigns
$5,000 to the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada

And their donation policy:

"In the past, we have had a policy of contributing $20,000 per year to the governing federal (editor: Liberal) party, with lesser amounts to opposition parties. We have also purchased tables at various federal party fundraising events. In accordance with the new law, Talisman’s policy has been revised to preclude all of these activities at the federal level. "

This would total over $200 000 to the Liberal party of Canada over the last 12 years, not including 2004 and on, when the election laws were changed.

Do the big oil companies represent your values? more importantly, do Paul Martin's values now reflect Talisman's?

6 Comments:

Blogger Rob said...

I'm tired of being slammed for being an Albertan and saying I'm rich with oil. The feds are one of the biggest benificiaries of the Alberta economy.
My housing costs go up 10% every year, I'm getting a $400 dollar cheque but I still have to pay over $500 for my health care. I moved here from tax heavy Sask endured the cutbacks of the ninties and now am enjoying the rewards of belt tightening. I still think the Alta gov't spends to much and Canadian Tax Payers Federation would support that view. I'm sick of an elitist party that has given away and thrown away thousands of my hard earned dollars to their friends and causes.
Harper wants cheques and balances, he wants limits on what these big companies that reside in my city can give to ALL parties including his own. Do I think the conservatives are going be with-out problems and guys helping thier own? NO but at least one guy I starting us on a road to bring back some control so us Joe Six Packs can have some sort of hope in the system.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

I wonder if cheques is a fruedian slip?

5:34 PM  
Blogger Sierra said...

Talisman isn't BIG Oil, Medium Oil at best

most BIG oil have policies where they don't make political donations of any kind

6:18 PM  
Anonymous gcpresto said...

Consider this...

I'm a Conservative, I vote for Canadian Unity, and I'm Albertan, but shit like this post makes me want to leave confederation.

I'm in a the lower income tax bracket. I pay various federal taxes and I pay tax to my federal government through my provincial taxes. Alberta has been considered by the powers that be in Ottawa that we are "have" and need to pay more tax to all the "have nots" that live elsewhere. This apparently justifies the double taxation of myself by the federal government. However, I get less out of the federal government, and pay more in taxes to the federal government than people who live in Quebec who make more money than me.

Is being born near some oil wells with a people that elect a fiscally prudent government merit that I, a lower income Canadian, be on the bad side of a regressive taxation system?

On top of that, many of the schedule I banks in Canada revival or surpass the profits of oil companies, but does being born near Bank Central Toronto justify lower income earners there giving to richer people in other "have not provinces"? Should people working in banks be villified (many of them donate to political parties) like Western oil workers?

Should everyone that profits off of anything be considered evil? Hell, Eastern based media companies make more money than many if not all oil companies, but no-one points the finger at them as evil greedy entities.

Read Leviathan, study sub-game Nash equillibrium, and then read the Origin of Species. After that, you may understand the heart of Conservatism and recognize that profiting is not a crime.

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are missing the point. I don't think he was slamming anyone for making a profit on oil.
The point was how Paul Martin was demanding to know who contributed to Stephen Harper's leadership campaign (insinuating it was "evil republicans!") when Martin's contributors were people allegedly involved in genocide in Sudan. Being an oil company is beside the point.

Sam

11:32 PM  
Blogger "Expert" Tom said...

Ya, the big oil title was just to get attention and use the Liberal's own scare tactics against them. We are definitly not anti-Alberta or anything. I mean, if we didn't have oil money, most of the country would be bankrupt by now. We were trying to make the connection between unethical companies supporting the Liberals like the last poster said.

4:58 PM  

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