Conservatives don't like to tell other people how to live their lives. So the idea of going out and protesting is foreign to us. Same goes for boycotting something. Lefties on the other hand use both protesting and boycotting as a powerful tool to get what they want.
It can be effective (short term) like the prorogue scheme that was led by the opposition parties. It can also go seriously wrong like during the Olympics when the protesters themselves were hijacked by even more extreme protesters. Luckily the protesters at the Olympics have cooled off and protests are now close to none existent. Funny how moderate (is there such a thing?)protesters are now scared to protest because the hard line lefties might show up and break more windows and attack more police officers. Violence is not the Canadian way. Peaceful protests are democratic, hooligans breaking windows is not. It's good that Olympic protesters realize that the hooligans do more damage to their causes then help.
Why should a small proportion of people be able to dictate to the majority? Special interest groups use their voices by protesting and gaining the media attention. Protesting is changing as the facebook group on proroguing indicates, and Conservatives are catching on. Case in point, Bed, Bath and Beyond. They backed off within a day of coming out and stating their were boycotting Alberta's "dirty" oil. Why?
Rex Murphy: Bed, Bath & Beyond good sense
You know, some of their towels are not as woolly as this train of mush. “Our third-party transportation providers” — what would those be … truckers? And what does it possibly mean “to be aware of the issues associated with fuels generally”? That they are flammable? How much they cost? That they help things to run? And for sheer doughy padding, consider, “we have asked them to lessen their use of fuels which they know would be counter to this goal, where feasible.” It has all the clarity and solidity of a spring swamp wrapped in a blanket of fog.
My guess is the wavelet of backlash from Alberta at the ForestEthics press release was sufficient to haul the monks of BBB BBB BBB out of the eco-choir. BBB BBB BBB may have thought that sending a little incense to the Al Gore contingent of The Science is Settled and The Himalayan Glaciers are Toast Church of Global Warming (pre-Climategate Division) would titillate the balance sheet among the eco-fervent. But they quickly thought better of it. Oh that old Gloria Mundi. How Sic it Transits.
So, Alberta citizens got on their computers and emailed Bedbugs and gave them an earful. Good for them. It shows that we can have an impact without having to get out in the streets and protest.
Look at the board of directors for Forest Ethics. They are all lefty do gooders with an agenda. Notice how they own "eco-friendly" companies? So, what's in it for them? Profits. That "dirty" word, that allows them to live high on the hog by pressuring companies into submission, while they rake in the profits from their own capitalist businesses. Hypocritical much?
Interesting that Forest Ethics gets 77% of their money from grants which they fail to detail in their financial report. This organization clearly has no clue what ethics are all about. Let's find out who they get their money from, and start protesting them. We are now clearly seeing how these organizations survive, not by the average citizens support, but by sucking on the government teat.
It's time for us to play their game. It's time for us to start boycotting their businesses, and it's time for us to start supporting those businesses that are driving our economic engine.
My boycott list so far:
Bed, Bath and Beyond
TD Canada Trust
I am sure you can help me add to the list. I would also like a list of companies that are buy worthy, those that are not buying into the global warming garbage. Let's show them the power of the boycott, not by protesting in the streets, but by protesting with our money.