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Environmentalists felt like ‘enemies of the state’ after cabinet minister’s letter – Business in Vancouver

July 11, 2019

A letter by Canada’s former Conservative government’s environment minister left Canadian environmentalists thinking they were under police surveillance and “enemies of the state,” newly released documents show.

The groups – among them Dogwood Initiative, ForestEthics (now Stand.Earth), Sierra Club BC, and the Indigenous #Idlenomore movement – said the fear of monitoring impacted their ability to fundraise, get petitions signed and organize protests.

“The minister of the environment Joe Oliver produced an open letter calling our group, and members of it, essentially ‘foreign-funded environmental radicals,’ and that caused quite a bit of alarm among our supporters and our community, and our staff,” Dogwood organizer Celine Trojand testified before a 2015 inquiry.

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