JaYet another foreign government has accused Americans of meddling in its internal affairs. It says U.S. donors are bankrolling local political activists, and it may be time for a crackdown on the political influence of outsiders.
But it isn't Syria and it isn't Egypt. It's America's friendly neighbor to the north - Canada. The conservative-led Canadian government is peeved at American environmental organizations that have been effective in delaying U.S. approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport Canadian crude oil down to the Gulf Coast refineries. Now the Canadian government says some American environmentalists are going further, and trying to shut down all production in the country's oil sands region of Alberta.
"There are some groups in the United States that do have that view and they're sending money into Canada and they're trying to game the system," Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver told the CBC.