Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver has repeatedly sided with big oil, characterizing concerned communities and individuals taking part in the democratic hearings examining Enbridge's controversial Northern Gateway pipeline as bogeymen. Over 4,000 people are registered to speak at the hearings. 79% are residents of British Columbia.
This disrespect for democracy and Joe Oliver's preferential treatment of Big Oil marked the beginning of his marriage to big oil players such as Enbridge, Exxon, Shell, Total, and British Petroleum(BP). On January 27, concerned individuals along with Greenpeace and the Council of Canadians offered Joe Oliver a wedding reception to commemorate the union of the Conservative Government and Big Oil, following his talk to the Economic Club of Canada at the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto. Inside the hotel, Joe Oliver ran away from Greenpeace Canada Climate and Energy Coordinator Keith Stewart and summoned security when Keith tried to hand him a copy of Greenpeace's Energy Revolution report.