Green Party attack on Harper flops 0
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May joined provincial representatives Wednesday to announce a 'leaked' document showing the federal government has been secretly supporting oil interest with tax money, but the feds fired back saying the information was public and in the news months ago. (FILE PHOTO)
A Green Party of Canada plan for a blockbuster scandal appears to have been a dud.
On Wednesday, the Greens accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper of secretly supporting the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline with more than $100 million in taxpayer money.
In response, the federal government produced newspaper articles from March showing the funding was no secret.
At a press conference in Victoria, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May revealed documents showing the feds allocated $78 million this year and another $42 million in 2014 for research that would assist Enbridge.
May said much of the money went towards better weather forecasting in an area of the province that would be used by oil tankers if they were allowed into B.C. waters, as well as funds to “remedy holes” in Enbridge’s pipeline plan.
“If you went to the budget you can’t find a line item titled ‘money to help Enbridge,’” May told 24 hours. She accused Harper of not being sincere in his statements he will not support the project until it has passed a review.
“Elizabeth May needs to check her sources,” federal natural resources minister Joe Oliver said in an email. “This ‘leak’ was publicly announced by Minister Lebel and myself in Vancouver last March.”
At the time, opponents made similar allegations the funding was unjust considering the project has yet to be approved.
The Greens said the money Oliver pointed to had no relation to the party’s release, but did not clarify if it was suggesting another $100 million was being used.
“I think it’s outrageous to be spending money for better meteorological weather forecasting for tanker routes that are, at this point, not approved,” May said.