The Sun and its parent company have been financed by New York based vulture funds. Postmedia styles itself a conservative publisher but it is that only by redefining the label. In fact, a real conservative should be:
- disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change;
- sober and conventional;
- cautiously moderate.
Canadian media that claim to be conservative nowadays are more likely to fit a modern definition of the term, one expressed by Philip E. Agre, UCLA Professor of Information. He wrote:
“Conservatism is the domination of society by an aristocracy. incompatible with democracy, prosperity, and civilization in general. It is a destructive system of inequality and prejudice that is founded on deception…”
People who favour uncontrolled expansion of Alberta bitumen mining, construction of a dirty oil pipeline through British Columbia’s central and coastal wilderness and establishment of Kitimat as a major port for shipping heavy crude to Asia for processing are not conservatives. They are radicals. Dangerous radicals.
Few are surprised by Postmedia’s support for Encana and the foreign dominated tar sands extraction industry. Vancouver Sun misrepresents First Nations attitudes toward the Northern Gateway pipeline and downplays the environmental destruction that is inevitable. The newspaper often aims to manipulate citizens to support positions contrary to public interest. Beneficiaries, of course, are the corporations that dominate North American commerce, the ones that, by no coincidence, largely own the media.
Throughout the democratic world, newspapers that once aimed to serve readers now aim to oblige the moneyed aristocracy. No component is wealthier or more powerful than the multinational oil industry. They spend heavily to achieve their goals.
As I’ve written here previously, North American petroleum giants want tidewater outlets to export oil from this continent to nations overseas. The strategy intends to eliminate petroleum surpluses that reduce Canadian and American prices compared to those in world markets.
Here a description of the propaganda campaign beginning in the USA to get Alberta bitumen and Bakken oil to the Texas Gulf. It is similar to the effort underway now in Canada aimed at servicing a west coast oil port.
Oil industry begins push for Keystone pipeline, Ed Crooks, Financial Times, Jan. 5, 2012
“President Barack Obama will face the threat of a backlash at this year’s election if he refuses to approve TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline project, the leading US oil industry lobby group has warned.
“The American Petroleum Institute, which represents all the leading oil and gas companies, yesterday launched a political campaign called “Vote 4 Energy”, which will use advertising, social media and “grass roots” organisation to press both Republican and Democratic politicians to support the industry’s agenda.”