Heh. After slagging off on the protesters on Burnaby Mountain for days for being "professional protesters", SunNews ran this headline banner reading "Ineffective Kinder Morgan Protests" under their friendly coverage of four huge pro-oil signs up on the mountain.
But wait ... haven't we seen those counter-protest signs somewhere before?
Back in May at the "No Enbridge!" protest on Sunset Beach in Vancouver, representing :
"Full Value for Canadian Resources - Support Northern Gateway"
Just two guys with a grassroots website and four counter-protest Canada Action banners big enough to block the view of the ocean.... and
- a *surprise* visit from Ezra Levant for Sun News, and
- an op ed in the CAPP/Postmedia partnership world of the Vancouver Sun :Pipeline fear factor is inappropriate, and
- an endorsement on their Support the Northern Gateway Pipeline pledge from CEO/ founder Bruce Lounds of local astroturf lobby group, British Columbians for Prosperity or BC4P -- currently managed by Brittany Allison, who is now also an *Energy Citizen* at CAPP's own astroturf site, Energy Citizens.ca, which is in turn a sister org to the American Petroleum Institute's astroturf group, Energy Citizens.org.
The big banner guys above signed up earlier this year at the email-harvesting site, Power of Canada, part of a public relations campaign meant to mobilize the public called the Partnership for Resource Trade. It's hosted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Power of Canada Advisory Council Members include Perrin Beatty, Martha Hall Findlay, David Emerson, John Manley, Kevin Lynch, Ted Menzies, and reps from CAPP, TransCanada, Enbridge, Rio Tinto, Teck, Suncor, TransAlta, CD Howe, BMO, Asia-Pacific Foundation, Mining Association of Canada, Port Metro Vancouver, etc. etc.
From the Power of Canada P4RT mission statement (italics -mine) :
"We aim to foster a favourable environment for policy decisions that enable responsible resource development and trade.We will do that by informing, energizing and mobilizing a broad coalition of Canadian thought leaders, stakeholders, small- and medium-sized businesses and informed Canadians in a countrywide fast-to-action, grassroots public education and advocacy campaign."In May, CCC CEO Perrin Beatty offered a $2000 student scholarship for producing a video on the merits of P4RT and its objectives. Rule # 1 :
"In order to be eligible for the contest, students must be registered as full-time students as well as like the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) on Facebook, follow the CCC on Twitter, and subscribe to the CCC’s Youtube channel. In addition, students must sign themselves and five friends up on the PRT website: Power of Canada."
So I guess we can be expecting a lot more
"fast-to-action grassroots" websites and banners in the near future.
P.S. I'm reliably informed that fake grassroots ad campaigns are commonly known in the adbiz as "blowjobs".
Here's one to get them started : We Heart Blow Jobs.