The tongue-in-cheek video depicts Environment Minister Peter Kent and “Janet,” an oil executive from the tar sands, recounting their love affair in a mock advertisement patterned after a popular dating site.
Comedians Peter Keleghan (18 to Life, Made in Canada, The Newsroom) and Debra McGrath (Little Mosque on the Prairie, Second City) play the happy couple as they talk about their romance, do dying-duck imitations and shred a copy of a report on water monitoring.
“I’m concerned about the air pollution and other emissions from tar sands operations in Alberta and the impact they are having on the environment and communities,” said Keleghan. “I see the humour in this video as a way to reach large numbers of Canadians and get them to ask the federal and Alberta governments to stop the tar sands and support sustainable energy.”
The video appears on the PolluterHarmony.ca web site. Viewers can read about other successful matches between politicians and oil industry execs, including Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner and new oilsands monitoring chair, Hal Kvisle, and send a “love note” to Minister Kent.
“Since he was named Environment Minister, Peter Kent has acted more as a spokesman for the dirty tar sands industry than as a protector of the environment,” said Keith Stewart, climate and energy campaigner at Greenpeace. “The video uses humour to make the point, but the way the Harper government is prioritizing oil company profits over the public interest is no laughing matter.
Check out the video:
- Environment Minister Peter Kent Claims Climate “Plan Is Working” and Canadians Are “Proud” of Tar Sands (desmogblog.com)
- Canada’s Federal Government campaigning against climate policies: report (thegreenpages.ca)
- Video: Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands (thegreenpages.ca)
- Minister of Environmental Destruction Says He Will Not Let Emissions Rules Hamper Tar Sands Development (desmogblog.com)