Oil sands CEOs urge voters to support energy industry in October federal election - 2019-08-01
Top executives of three Calgary-based oil sands companies published an "open letter" Thursday that urges Canadians to support the much-criticized sector when they go to the polls in the national election due this October, an ad blitz that is part of a wider oil industry campaign to elect a sympathetic government.
Presidents at Cenovus Energy Inc., MEG Energy Corp. and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. took out ads in 30 newspapers across the country on Thursday, touting their industry's record and encouraging Canadians to push all political leaders to "help our country thrive by supporting an innovative energy industry." The letter did not explicitly support any of the federal parties.
In an interview, Cenovus president and chief executive officer Alex Pourbaix insisted the letter was non-partisan in nature, although the Conservative Party has been the most supportive of industry positions in the past. Mr. Pourbaix said the oil and gas industry has failed to effectively defend its record in the national debate and the executives want voters to understand its issues when they assess their choices in the October election.