28 Jun '12, 3pm

Tides Canada Stands Up to Government Critics

A charitable foundation devoted to environmental causes that has been vilified by politicians in Canada’s governing Conservative Party has struck back, outlining its finances and accusing the politicians of trying to silence dissent. Tides Canada Ross McMillan, the leader of Tides Canada, argues that name-calling deflects attention from the real issues. On Wednesday, the group, Tides Canada, released an unusually detailed accounting of both its grants and its international donors to counter the charges. Conservative politicians, including some Cabinet members, have asserted that the group is little more than a conduit for American environmentalists seeking to undermine Canada’s economy by financing critics of energy projects, particularly Alberta’s oil sands. Those politicians have characterized Tides , which is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, as a group run by “radi...

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