Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Oliver on the defensive

It was a very lengthy and defensive statement delivered by Joe Oliver yesterday, read it here: "Statement by the Honourable Joe Oliver, P.C., M.P., Minister of Natural Resources, in Response to an Advertising Campaign by Some Environmental Groups."

It was made in response to a campaign launched yesterday at blackoutspeakout.ca where 11 environmental groups are banding together. Go check it out. June 4th is their day of action.

There was other heat on the government yesterday. There was this Globe editorial ripping the Conservatives on their bashing of environmental groups: "The only nefarious thing in sight at the moment is a government bent on quashing a legitimate debate." Ouch.

Following Oliver's appearance yesterday, it didn't get much better. Even John Ivison piled on:
Someone, somewhere deep within the Prime Minister’s Office took the decision to try to cram as much contentious legislation in one mega-bill to minimize the political fallout. It was a dumb move and it has blown up in their faces.
Ouch again. May the growing backlash fluorish.