Just when you think you’ve seen it all…
… you see this story:
” Chuck Strahl, Chairman of the federal body which oversees Canada’s spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), has registered to lobby on behalf of Enbridge’s ‘Northern Gateway Pipelines Limited Partnership’.
“Strahl replaced disgraced Chairman Dr. Arthur Porter, who is currently in a Panamanian jail facing a range of charges from money laundering, to taking kickbacks and conspiracy to commit fraud while acting as a middleman for SNC-Lavalin and other private business interests.
The Security Intelligence Review Committee reports to Parliament on all activities undertaken by CSIS – and with the exception of cabinet secrets, Strahl’s position affords access to all intelligence gathered by the organization. “
Ah yes…. so of course it makes perfect sense for his firm to lobby for Enbridge….
And no… this wasn’t a story from The Onion. Although it could have been…
It’s actually real news, here in Canada. I clarify that for my many American readers.. 🙂
Read the rest of this unbelievable story, at this link..http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/investigations/canada%E2%80%99s-top-spy-watchdog-lobbying-enbridge-northern-gateway-pipeline?page=0,0
How this is legal in our wonderful country, I don’t know. But when I look back at some of the stories I have done where political interference in CSIS affairs plays a role, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised after all…
Oh wait.. but wasn’t there some kind of fuss over statements Premier Christy Clark made over Chuck Strahl helping her campaign?
Statements like Stockwell Day and Chuck Strahl are “very actively helping us on the campaign and I’m really proud of the contribution they’re making,” ????
Because when you look at all of these as parts of one bigger story… it doesn’t look very good now… does it?