‘Anti-Petroleum’ Movement a Growing Security Threat To Canada: Mounties

"OTTAWA — The RCMP has labelled the 'anti-petroleum' movement as a growing and violent threat to Canada’s security, raising fears among environmentalists that they face increased surveillance, and possibly worse, under the Harper government’s new terrorism legislation.

In highly charged language that reflects the government’s hostility toward environmental activists, an RCMP intelligence assessment warns that foreign-funded groups are bent on blocking oil sands expansion and pipeline construction, and that the extremists in the movement are willing to resort to violence.

'There is a growing, highly organized and well-financed anti-Canada petroleum movement that consists of peaceful activists, militants and violent extremists who are opposed to society’s reliance on fossil fuels,' concludes the report which is stamped 'protected/Canadian eyes only' and is dated Jan. 24, 2014. The report was obtained by Greenpeace."

Shawn McCarthy reports for the Toronto Globe and Mail February 17 2015.


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Source: Toronto Globe & Mail, 02/19/2015