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February 9th, 2012Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Natural Resources committee  Yes, well I understand commercial interests to be a particular company, and I don't see any evidence of that. What I do see is--

February 9th, 2012Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Natural Resources committee  I'd be glad to respond to your question. What I do see is that wealthy Americans have the interest of their own country at heart, as, I think, do we. My impression is that perhaps what is driving this is the overall broad interest of the American economy. I think one of the bes

February 9th, 2012Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Natural Resources committee  I'm saying that I believe that the--

February 9th, 2012Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Natural Resources committee  I would say I do have evidence, but not of commercial interests. I think there is evidence of the motivations. They're clearly written down. I think they are mixed and that there is a real true interest in protecting the environment and addressing the true environmental impacts o

February 9th, 2012Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Natural Resources committee  Well, sir, first of all let me say, just to give you the right numbers, I did work for a Conservative MP for four weeks, and I was fired.

February 9th, 2012Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Natural Resources committee  I worked for the United Nations in the poorest countries of the world for ten years.

February 9th, 2012Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Natural Resources committee  I also worked for the salmon farming industry. That was ten years ago. For the last five years, I've been working on this unpaid. I'm not paid by anybody, okay? Could you remind me again what your second point was?

February 9th, 2012Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Natural Resources committee  Just to give you one example, the Hewlett Foundation and the Packard Foundation together have granted $90 million towards B.C. environmental groups. Of that $90 million, about $80 million was specifically for projects to create the Great Bear Rainforest, and also to address the e

February 9th, 2012Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Natural Resources committee  Whether it was the intention or not, I don't know. But the Great Bear Rainforest has become the great trade barrier. I do find it interesting to note, though, the tax returns of the Wilburforce Foundation. Of course the Wilburforce Foundation was created by Gordon Letwin, who is

February 9th, 2012Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Natural Resources committee  The main funders are the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Oak Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. The Rockefeller Family Fund funds things south of the border. There's also the Wilburforce Foundation, the Brainerd Found

February 9th, 2012Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Natural Resources committee  For example, the wealth of the Pew Charitable Trust originates from oil, as does Rockefeller's.

February 9th, 2012Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Natural Resources committee  To finish up, I think it's important that there is a plan here. In fact, Tides Canada was funded by the Hewlett Foundation to develop “a strategic plan to address oil and gas development in British Columbia”. That was in 2004 that Tides Canada was paid $70,000 to develop this pla

February 9th, 2012Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Natural Resources committee  Thank you very much. Good morning, everyone. I will be making my remarks in English, but I would be happy to answer any questions in either French or English. My name is Vivian Krause. Over the past five years I have followed the science and the money behind environmental ca

February 9th, 2012Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Natural Resources committee  A huge increase, yes. The first comment I wanted to make was that the main reason I say that environmental activism isn't what it used to be is because if you look back over the last ten years, in the late 1990s the average grant might have been $50,000. You saw lots of grants f

December 7th, 2010Committee meeting

Vivian Krause