March 25, 2011- They’ve bankrolled the Tea Party movement in the U.S., and underwritten climate change skeptics, and now billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are upping their involvements in Canada.
Koch Industries is registering to lobby the government of Alberta, and retained one of Canada’s top firms — Global Public Affairs — as its representative in the Great White North.
“The registration was made on March 15 making Koch Industries legally able to lobby provincial policy makers on the issues of ‘energy and resource development,’ ‘economic development,’ and ‘taxation policy’,” thetyee.ca, a Vancouver news website, reported Thursday.
The Kochs have already let their money speak up north. They’ve given $175,000 to The Fraser Institute, a free market Vancouver think tank that serves as advocate for the energy, mining, timber and other Canadian resource industries.
And they are deeply involved in the vast Alberta oil sands development.
Koch Industries owns a crude oil terminal in Hardesty, Alberta and a Koch subsidiary, Flint Hills Resources Canada LP, is a major exporter of oil to the United States.
Alberta is a very conservative place. Its Conservative Party government has been in power for nearly 40 years. The Conservatives’ main challenge comes from a recently formed right-wing group called the Wild Rose Alliance.