The Globe And Mail

‘Ethical oil’ ad sparks war of words between Ottawa, Saudis
The Globe And Mail (Sep. 20 2011)

A pro-industry group that promotes Canada’s “ethical” oil sands has sparked an international row with a television ad attacking Saudi Arabia’s record on women’s rights.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney on Tuesday slammed the Saudi embassy’s apparent effort to kill a 30-second advocacy ad that argues U.S. reliance on Canada’s oil-sands production is more “ethical” than buying oil from the undemocratic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The offending ad ran on the Oprah Winfrey Network in Canada, and is now appearing on SUN TV, but a planned run on CTV’s Newsnet was cancelled due to legal concerns after a lawyer for the Saudis wrote a letter of complaint.

Oil-industry executives and Conservative government ministers, including Environment Minister Peter Kent, have echoed the ethical-oil argument, popularized in Mr. Levant’s book, Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands. Environmental organizations, meanwhile, have mounted high-profile protests aimed at stopping the expansion of oil-sands imports to the U.S.

Bell Media, which owns CTV, confirmed it had been informed by the Saudis of a legal dispute over the commercial, and cancelled plans to run it. “As the ad in question is the subject of a legal dispute between Ethical Oil and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, at the advisement of our legal department we will not accept the order until the matter is resolved,” the company said in a statement.

Pour ma revue de presse aujourd’hui, j’ai dépoussiéré une vielle nouvelle qui date de septembre 2011.

Ironique de constater qu’en 2011, l’Arabie Saoudite a fait censurer au Canada une publicité mettant en vedette le pétrole éthique de l’Alberta et dénonçant le pétrole de la charia (je suis Charlie…).

Vous savez au Québec quel groupe met des bâtons dans les roues de l’exportation du pétrole éthique de l’Alberta, ce qui profite au pétrole de la charia des Saoudiens ? Nul autre que le parti québécois !  Amusant de constater que le PQ et l’Arabie Saoudite ont un point en commun: leur haine du pétrole éthique de l’Alberta !

Est-ce que les péquistes auraient été imprégnés par les valeurs saoudiennes ?  Je ne fais que poser la question…