The Trudeau government awarded a grant to a group looking to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
By: Candice Malcolm
The Trudeau Liberals are using taxpayer dollars to fund political groups that use foreign funding to advance a leftist agenda in Canada. These controversial and divisive activist groups have received money from the federal government through the Canada Summer Jobs grant, the Sun has learned.
LeadNow is currently running a negative advertisement campaign against Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford. The Ontario branch of LeadNow is a registered third-party advertiser in the provincial campaign, and yet, it’s also receiving funding from the Trudeau government.
According to the Canada Summer Jobs website, LeadNow Society will receive two grants for its operations in British Columbia. Meanwhile, in Ontario, this group is running a nasty campaign that spreads false information about the Progressive Conservatives.
Their campaign claims that Ford will “engineer massive tax cuts for the rich, slash public services and make Ontario less safe for minorities.”
Ford has not pledged to cut taxes for wealthy Canadians nor has he proposed cutting public services. Much like his brother Rob Ford, Doug Ford has broad support among new Canadians and has a pluralistic slate of candidates.
LeadNow was named in an official complaint to Elections Canada that alleged foreign funding and foreign interference in the 2015 federal election campaign. That report alleged that the U.S-based Tides Foundation donated $1.5 million of U.S. funds to Canadian third-party groups.
The Sun has also learned that Tides Canada will also receive two Canada Summer Jobs grants for its work in British Columbia.
The San Francisco-based Tides Foundation has been engaged in a decade-long campaign against Canada’s energy industry. In 2008, they launched The Tar Sands Campaign with funds from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund – the billionaire U.S. oil barons who champion far-left activism.
The goal of the Tides campaign is to smear the Canadian oil and gas sector, stigmatize Alberta as the poster child of dirty energy and, ultimately, to shut down Canada’s hydrocarbon industry.
According to a report by Canadian researcher Vivian Krause in the Financial Post, Tides spent more than $35 million funding nearly 100 anti-pipeline groups between 2009 and 2015.
The efforts of these American-funded groups have been directly responsible for the ongoing pipeline crisis in Canada; their campaigns have resulted in jobs losses for thousands of Canadians in the energy industry.
And yet, the Trudeau government is funding these leftist groups and their political campaigns to divide Canadians and destroy the backbone of our economy.
The Canada Summer Jobs grant program became controversial this year after the Trudeau government brought in a “values test” for would-be recipients.
The Liberal government changed the long-standing program used to fund summer internships for Canadians of all backgrounds to a program with a Liberal political agenda. The new program requires organizations to sign an attestation pledging to adhere to Trudeau’s progressive values before they can receive funding.
Because of this new requirement, a reported 1,500 organizations had their funding applications rejected.
Many Christian organizations have been rejected, including the Mustard Seed in Calgary – a homeless shelter and community rehabilitation centre that does not engage in political work or activism.
Yet, left-wing political groups that support Liberal political values have managed to secure funding.
In addition to LeadNow and Tides, the left-wing Dogwood B.C. received a grant specifically to fund anti-pipeline activists. The online description for the job funded by taxpayers called for someone to “help our organizing network stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline.”