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Harper Government, CSIS spying on Enbridge critics

PostedNovember 19, 2013 by in Canada
Harper Government, CSIS spying on Enbridge opponents

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip is one Enbridge critic whose activities are followed by CSIS (Damien Gillis)

Read this Nov. 19 story from The Vancouver Observer on the spying of Harper Government agencies on critics of Enbridge, unearthed through an Access to Information search.

The federal government has been vigorously spying on anti-oil sands activists and organizations in BC and across Canada since last December, documents obtained under the Access to Information Act show.  Not only is the federal government subsidizing the energy industry in underwriting their costs, but deploying public safety resources as a de-facto ‘insurance policy’ to ensure that federal strategies on proposed pipeline projects are achieved, these documents indicate.

Before the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel hearings on the proposed Enbridge oil pipeline, the NEB coordinated the gathering of intelligence on opponents to the oil sands. The groups of interest are independent advocacy organizations that oppose the Harper government’s policies and work for environmental protections and democratic rights, including Idle No More, ForestEthics, Sierra Club, EcoSociety, LeadNow, Dogwood Initiative, Council of Canadians and the People’s Summit.

Mandated as an ‘independent federal agency’, the NEB directed the police protection of their board members and officials from Enbridge and TransCanada Corporation, 140 pages of emails from December 2012 through April 2013 show.

In the emails, Richard “Rick” Garber, the NEB’s “Group Leader of Security”, marshals security and intelligence operations between government agencies and private interests, and says in a January 31, 2013 email that the NEB “Security Team has consulted today with Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) at national and regional levels; RCMP at national, regional and local levels.”



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    Allah akbar. Death to Harper.

    I am hardly surprised that Harper and his minions spy on us. The author forgot to include CSEC.

    Has the author forgotten that Harper changed the National Energy Board Act to favour Enbridge, the Harper represents Calgary S.W., the home of the Cdn. corporate oil sector and that Harper’s home petro state province, Alberta, will be driven deeper into debt should tar not be sold in increasing quantities?

    I know it unCanadian to comment on another person’s religion, buy Harper since the 1990’s has belonged to the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church (CMA), an evangelical christian group that denies climate change, believes the word of their god makes science of no use and harbours the faith that if the environment is destroyed, their god will save them because they believe. The religious doctrine of the CMA explains all of Harper’s environmental legislation. his muzzling of federal scientists and more. Read Pass it on to your friends.

    ron wilton

    Pretty soon neither harper nor enbridge will have to skulk around low places to find us.

    We will be front and center in droves to repel them when they try to break ground on any piece of BC and they are welcome to bring their black ops, their brown shirts, their ‘agent provocateurs’ and any and all insidious forces they have to the fight.

    I can hardly wait.

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