September 22, 2011 | 3 Comments
I’m with the editors of the Ottawa Sun on this:
The oil the Arabian sheiks produce for pocketed billions — “conflict oil” as it is rightfully described by critics of the dictatorship — is as dirty as it comes when the kingdom’s many human rights violations are tossed on the scales of judgment. All the ad compares is the treatment of women in Canada to the treatment of women in Saudi Arabia, where they can’t drive, can’t vote, or even seek medical care without the permission of their male overlords.
The editors are responding to this story. Saudi Arabia isn’t happy about an ad by Ethical Oil called ‘Conflict Oil’, and they’ve lawyered up. The ‘offending’ ad highlights both the amount of oil Canada purchases from Saudi Arabia, and all the wretched human rights abuses within the kingdom. Unfortunately, their bully tactics have already had an affect; CTV has already pulled the ad.
It should be made clear that there is absolutely nothing wrong with this ad… at least nothing that would warrant infringing on Ethical Oil’s freedom of expression. Saudi Arabia’s response is completely in line with the transgressions highlighted in the ad. They have no concern for human rights; they have no concern for people.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney was pretty much on point with his response, “Canada is a champion of freedom of speech. It’s a constitutional right. And we don’t take kindly to foreign governments threatening directly or indirectly Canadian broadcasters or media for giving voice to freedom of speech.”
Anyway, here’s the ad: