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Al Gore Spouts Canadian Oil Conspiracy
Former US Vice President made a fool of himself
Michael Lomas (lomas)     Print Article 
Published 2006-01-29 01:25 (KST)   
Al Gore, while schmoozing at the recent Sundance Film festival in Utah, has been quoted as saying "The [recent] election in Canada was partly about the tar sands projects in Alberta." He further suggested, "The financial interests behind the tar sands project poured a lot of money and support behind an ultra-conservative leader in order to win the election . . . and to protect their interests."

Vice President of the U.S. in the 1990s, he warned that the new Canadian prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Stephen Harper, has a pro-oil agenda and in fact wants to pull out of the Kyoto Accord, the international agreement to combat climate change. The Conservatives were elected January 23, 2006, and formed a minority government.

Responding to his remarks, Darcie Park, a spokeswoman for oil sands industry leader Suncor Energy, said, "Our company just doesn't do business that way. We're really puzzled about where these comments came from."

Referring to the impartial government regulator of elections, Elections Canada, she also said, "Canadians understand how elections work in Canada and understand there are these very tight restrictions around what individuals and companies can contribute to individual parties or campaigns."

Fact: the amount of money that can be donated to political parties is limited by law to $5,000 Cdn. by individuals and $1,000 by companies and unions. What's more, following an election all political parties have to report each and every donor's name and the amount of their contribution.

It appears that Al Gore may be following in the tradition of Republican President George Bush, who is accused of distorting reality by reiterating terms such as 쁗eapons of Mass Destruction and 쁀xis of Evil.

Readers are reminded that Gore is the Democrat who, as former Vice President under Bill Clinton ("I never had sex with Monica Lewinsky"), said, 쏡uring my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.

However, his claim was subsequently tempered by what may be called an excuse or disclaimer. He supposedly said, 쏷he day I made that statement, [about the inventing the Internet] I was tired because I'd been up all night inventing the camcorder.

The adage "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time," is attributed to Abraham Lincoln.

In the case of Al Gore this reporter suggests that it should read "You can sound like a fool to all of the people all of the time."

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Other articles by reporter Michael Lomas

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