Watch out, Alberta! Oilsands companies are coming for your children.
That is the alarm being sounded in the wake of a revelation that Suncor and Syncrude are involved in a panel advising Alberta's school system on a redesign of the province's kindergarten - grade three curriculum.
“I think it’s the job of the government and teachers to present well-balanced views on different issues and subjects within Alberta and having Syncrude and Suncor as explicit partners in the redesign at least gives the impression that the table is not balanced,” wailed Greenpeace Canada campaigner Mike Hudema.
Welp, here's the thing: Suncor and Syncrude are major employers in Alberta. They have an obvious stake in what is taught to children in Albertan schools, particularly during their formative years, when they will begin to make career decisions. And that's very clearly what the inclusion of Syncrude and Suncor is all about.
After all, Hudema isn't complaining about the other major employers who are included on the advisory panel. He isn't complaining about the involvement of Stantec, the Alberta Construction Association or PCL Industrial Contractors on the panel. They, too, are major employers in Alberta. They, too, have a major stake in education in Alberta and they, too, are involved.
Moreover, it seems a safe bet that Mike Hudema has no problem whatsoever with the various educational programs that environmental groups aim at elementary school-age children.
Only left-wing groups, it seems, are allowed to come for your children.