Canada's top spy watchdog has worked for Enbridge since 2011
The Enbridge Edmonton Terminal is seen from near Baseline Road and the Anthony Henday Drive in Strathcona County, Alberta, on Aug. 9, 2012. The pipeline company is seeking approval for the Northern Gateway pipeline, which would run to the west coast. (IAN KUCERAK/EDMONTON SUN/QMI AGENCY)
The federal New Democrats say Canada looks like a banana republic after revelations the country’s top spy watchdog has been working for Enbridge since 2011 followed those he registered as a lobbyist for the company.
The Vancouver Observer reported Saturday former Conservative MP Chuck Strahl had registered to lobby for Enbridge in B.C. while overseeing the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
Monday it was revealed he’d been consulting for the company since 2011.
Official Opposition House Leader Nathan Cullen alleged it’s a major conflict of interest since CSIS has been spying on Northern Gateway opponents.
“Why is the Canadian spy agency spying on Canadians just because they’re opposed to a pipeline? Why is that agency briefing the company and why is the watchdog being paid by the oil company themselves? It’s to that banana republic level.” Cullen said.
Enbridge said Strahl had been retained by the company, but pointed out it was before his appointment to the Security Intelligence Review committee.
“As a normal business practice, Northern Gateway hires consultants to assist us with our business objectives,” wrote spokesman Ivan Giesbrecht in an email.