Canadian union cozies up to Ecuador in Chevron Shakedown

posted at 2:41 pm on February 8, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

As we previously reported, Canada has taken the unfortunate step of getting involved in Ecuador’s long running Chevron Shakedown effort with one of their courts agreeing to hear a case related to the ongoing lawsuits. Some of their prominent citizens have warned against the foolish nature of going down this path, but thus far things remain on track. Recent news leads me to suspect that Ecuador is trying to win friends and influence people in the Great White North in preparation for the trial, perhaps to get some public opinion movement on their side. And where did they start their search for new Canadian buddies? With the unions, of course. (Toronto Sun)

Why is a progressive Canadian union cozying up with one of the world’s most regressive regimes? Why are they boasting about meeting with officials of a government that Human Rights Watch says has “abused its power to harass, intimidate, and punish” its political opponents?

Perhaps we should direct that question to the Canadian branch of the Union of Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), whose leaders recently returned from a tour of Ecuador.

Ecuador is controlled by the hardline socialist government of strongman leader Rafael Correa. The government routinely seizes private property, shuts down critical newspapers, and systematically fires independent judges and replaces them with government cronies.

This is not exactly the type of regime that progressive Canadian unions should be rubbing elbows with, and yet, the UFCW are singing the government’s praises.

According to the union’s website, its leaders participated in an “international solidarity exchange.” The union bosses met with Ecuadorian officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss workers’ rights, particularly when it comes to the protection of temporary foreign workers in Canada and migrant workers around the world. The news release on their website makes no mention of Ecuador’s laundry list of human rights offenses; instead, it simply regurgitates Ecuadorian government propaganda about an ongoing lawsuit against the US-based oil company Chevron.

The author, Candice Malcolm, really tears into the supposedly “progressive” union for their dalliance with Correa, noting how some of their leaders were invited down for all expense paid trips to the tropical nation. She further wonders whether other prominent groups or even government officials are receiving similar invitations and having the wheels greased for some collaborative effort.

The editorial also does an excellent job of pointing out the tactics that Ecuador and their leftist allies in the United States have employed to date. The entire campaign has been a public relations push to “dirty” up the reputation of not only Chevron, but the entire oil industry, hoping to turn public opinion against them. Perhaps the people of Canada should take a step back and recall just how much of their own economy runs on oil and other energy extraction industrial activity. Their new “friends” from Ecuador are no friends at all and are looking to drag the Canadian court system into a massive case of fraud which has already been widely discredited in courts around the world. Rather than serving justice, they could be setting themselves up for a figurative black eye in a very public way.

For any newer readers who may not be familiar with this long running saga, you can catch up on our coverage of this story over the past several years here.

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TED CRUZ HIGHLY APPROVES

dio55 on February 8, 2016 at 2:46 PM

The government routinely seizes private property, shuts down critical newspapers, and systematically fires independent judges and replaces them with government cronies.

This is not exactly the type of regime that progressive Canadian unions should be rubbing elbows with

That’s the type of regime progressives love.

rbj on February 8, 2016 at 2:46 PM

Canadian union cozies up to Ecuador

(Imagines rattlesnake pit)

Marcola on February 8, 2016 at 2:50 PM

Union leaders have a bad habit of being short sighted.

antipc on February 8, 2016 at 2:50 PM

dio55 on February 8, 2016 at 2:46 PM

When you have to reach this far for something to bash Cruz, you might be are a nutball.

cozmo on February 8, 2016 at 2:51 PM

When you have to reach this far for something to bash Cruz, you might be are a nutball.

cozmo on February 8, 2016 at 2:51 PM

When you have to react this strongly the butthurt might be IS strong with you

dio55 on February 8, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Why did you take the all-expense paid vacation to Ecuador?

Well that’s what they offered!

Sound familiar?

s1im on February 8, 2016 at 3:04 PM

After this crapola is thrown out of the Canuck Cortz, what’s next, Norks Cortz?

vnvet on February 8, 2016 at 3:07 PM

TED CRUZ HIGHLY APPROVES

dio55 on February 8, 2016 at 2:46 PM

Please explain. I’m not saying you’re reaching I just want to know what the fcuk you’re talking about.

NOMOBO on February 8, 2016 at 3:09 PM

who are you backing dio55?

DanMan on February 8, 2016 at 3:10 PM

TED CRUZ HIGHLY APPROVES

dio55 on February 8, 2016 at 2:46 PM

…of unions reaching out to Ecudaor…I doubt it…try actually reading the story…

…but then all you saw was CANADA and the first thing that popped into your tinfoil hat was TED CRUZ…LOL…

Pelosi Schmelosi on February 8, 2016 at 3:11 PM

there has to be a better term than “progressives”.

they’ve stolen the label: Liberal – they’re not

they’ve stolen the label: Progressive – they’re not

what fits best? communist?

WaldoTJ on February 8, 2016 at 4:02 PM

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dio55 on February 8, 2016 at 2:46 PM

What time will Cruz be announcing he is backing these guys so we will all be watching?

docflash on February 8, 2016 at 4:07 PM

there has to be a better term than “progressives”.

they’ve stolen the label: Liberal – they’re not

they’ve stolen the label: Progressive – they’re not

what fits best? communist?

WaldoTJ on February 8, 2016 at 4:02 PM

How about regressives?

Lord Whorfin on February 8, 2016 at 4:26 PM

dio55 on February 8, 2016 at 2:46 PM

Do you have a supporting link to back up your libelous statement?

One will suffice.

hillbillyjim on February 8, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Here’s one for you, dio55.

Libel – Legal Dictionary | Law.com

Libel is the written or broadcast form of defamation, distinguished from slander, which is oral defamation. It is a tort (civil wrong) making the person or entity (like a newspaper, magazine or political organization) open to a lawsuit for damages by the person who can prove the statement about him/her was a lie. Publication need only be to one person, but it must be a statement which claims to be fact and is not clearly identified as an opinion. While it is sometimes said that the person making the libelous statement must have been intentional and malicious, actually it need only be obvious that the statement would do harm and is untrue.

hillbillyjim on February 8, 2016 at 4:53 PM

Please explain. I’m not saying you’re reaching I just want to know what the fcuk you’re talking about.

NOMOBO on February 8, 2016 at 3:09 PM

I see this puke of a socialist troll hasn’t replied yet! If he/she/it does reply, it will be interesting to see all the lawyer or librul unsubstantiated talking points and outright lies are used. Keep up the pressure on the troll. Maybe its head will explode from contact with the truth. This may be a excellent union buster. I wonder if the rank and file have anything to say about it. Doesn’t really matter though, they will be protected by the libruls for political purposes; you know the libruls who don’t care about Canada or the Canadian workers. Well Canadians, if you sleep with the devil, don’t be surprised if you wake up in hell!

Old Country Boy on February 8, 2016 at 5:03 PM

there has to be a better term …

… what fits best? communist?

WaldoTJ on February 8, 2016 at 4:02 PM

“Communist” has a specific meaning, and doesn’t apply to most of them.

How about “Proglobite” (not to be confused with “Proglodyte”), or “Progloxene”. Of these three, proglobite seems the best fit to me.

cf Troglobite, Troglodyte, Trogloxene.

YiZhangZhe on February 8, 2016 at 5:25 PM