Shooting the Messenger: Tracing Canada's Anti-Enviro Movement - 2015-05-14
Given the dismal reputation of the oilsands, the government had three options: (a) clean them up by bringing in environmental legislation; (b) discredit the people creating the negative image; or (c) set up front groups to promote the industry, however dirty it may be.
In his discussion with Jacobson, Prentice suggested he would do (a): "impose new rules on oil sands." But he never did. The federal government — which has promised to deliver oil and gas regulations since 2007 — offered no help.
Instead Prentice, along with the government of Alberta, got to work changing the oilsands' image. The campaign began behind-the-scenes with intensive international lobbying focused on fighting the European Union's proposed 'dirty' label for Albertan crude.