Stephen Harper’s Northern Gateway pipeline parody, National Affairs Columnist Thomas Walkom, The Star
The federal government’s claim that big-money foreign interests are trying to hijack hearings into a proposed west coast oil pipeline is, at one level, high parody. It is also deeply disturbing.
…The bad foreign interests are the ones who help fund environmental critics of the pipeline. Oliver calls these bad elements “billionaire socialists … people like George Soros.”
If this weren’t a cabinet minister talking, it might be amusing. The Internet is filled with conspiracy theorists who view Soros, a self-made Hungarian-American tycoon, as evil incarnate.
The biggest rap against him seems to be that he openly opposed former U.S. president George W. Bush.
In Tea Party circles, this might count as socialism. But when a Canadian cabinet minister uses the term, he sounds — well — nuts.
And that’s the disturbing part. Harper and his minister probably aren’t nuts. But they are deliberately using mistruths and half-truths in a crude attempt to slander their environment critics.
Oliver’s statements have been particularly bizarre…