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Canada to jail proponents of oil and gas with new coalition bill

Keean Bexte

If Bill C-372 passes, it will be illegal to promote fossil fuels or the production of fossil fuels in a manner that the government deems “false, misleading or deceptive.”

In a new low even for the NDP-Liberals, MP Charlie Angus has tabled a bill calling for innocent Canadians to be jailed for their pro-oil and gas views.

The bill in question, Bill C-372 (the Fossil Fuel Advertising Act), was tabled by NDP MP Charlie Angus on February 5 with little coverage thereafter, despite the immense threat it poses to Canadians.

“Today, I am proud to rise and introduce a bill that would make illegal false advertising by the oil and gas industry,” Angus declared, further stating that the oil and gas industry was literally “killing people” with their “disinformation”.

“We know that big oil has done years of disinformation and interference and false claims about the damage it is doing to the planet, but it is also killing people,” Angus frantically claimed before parliament, citing “toxic fumes” and “asthma attacks in elderly people” as justification for his bill.

If passed, as per Sections 6-8 of Bill C-372, it will be illegal to promote a fossil fuel or the production of a fossil fuel in a manner that the government deems “is false, misleading or deceptive” regarding the impact (or lack thereof) of fossil fuels in relation to “health or environmental effects”.

And in case there was any doubt about what this is, Section 8 makes it very clear that “It is prohibited for a person to promote a fossil fuel or the production of a fossil fuel in a manner that states or suggests that the fossil fuel, its production or its emissions are less harmful than other fossil fuels, their production or their emissions” or to suggest that “the practices of a producer or of the fossil fuel industry would lead to positive outcomes in relation to the environment, the health of Canadians, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples or the Canadian or global economy”.

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