Earlier today,we had a bunch of emails sent to us with a link to a blog set up by Alberta Deputy Premier Ron Stevens. The blog was set up to chronicle Steven's Alberta Oil Sands PR offensive in Washington, DC.
The post that had everyone so upset was on Steven's put up this morning entitled “Mission Accomplished” - a somewhat ironic and inappropriate pronouncement for the deputy minister. Ironic, in that today is the 5 year anniversary of US President George W Bush's “Mission Accomplished” speech in which he claimed that the war in Iraq was over.
And Stevens “Mission Accomplished” claim is inappropriate coming the day after the Alberta Oil Sands made international headlines when 500 migrating ducks turned up dead after landing on one of the Oil Sands toxic oceans of tar sand tailings.
I'd show you all of this on the Deputy Premier's blog, but it looks like it has been entirely scrubbed from the internet. Well, not totally scrubbed. Here's the link to the Google cache. And attached to this post is a PDF screen-shot of the controversial “Mission Accomplished” post and another one of his Blogger profile.
If someone would like to transcribe it, I will gladly add it to this post.