Canadians For Responsible Advocacy

Canadians For Responsible Advocacy

September 15, 2014 11:00 ET

New Report Examines Transparency of Pipeline and Environmental Groups

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 15, 2014) - Canadians For Responsible Advocacy (CFRA) is pleased to announce the release of its new In Focus report examining the transparency practices of four vocal advocacy groups engaged in the national pipeline debate: Greenpeace Canada, the Ethical Oil Institute, the David Suzuki Foundation and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

With both the environment and one of Canada's largest economic drivers on the line, proposed oil and gas pipeline expansions is one of the country's most talked about issues. But how much do Canadians really know about the well-funded groups that are trying to shape that debate?

Released today, CFRA's latest In Focus report assesses whether four influential groups provide enough information for the public to know how they are funded and who's involved in shaping those organizations' activities. The report also makes suggestions as to how each group could improve its transparency practices by providing Canadians with more information.

"Canadians have a right to know who's trying to influence their opinions on important policy issues and who's accountable for groups that are trying to shape public debate," said Nicholas Kyonka, CFRA's chief executive officer. "This is particularly important when well-funded organizations try to change the debate about contentious issues that can affect Canadians' quality of life, including their livelihoods or their environment."

For more information about CFRA or the In Focus report, please visit or follow CFRA on Twitter at @CFRAdvocacy.

ABOUT CFRA: Canadians For Responsible Advocacy is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that is dedicated entirely to shining light on the transparency practices of other non-profits that engage in public lobbying campaigns. It is funded by small donations (under $5,000 per donor) and will soon launch an advertising service to supplement its donation revenues. CFRA does not take issue with the substance or virtue of advocacy groups' campaigns.

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