Is fear of the “Dirty Oil” label behind Canada’s tarring of Artist’s European tour?

What lengths will the Canadian Government go to ensure that oil from the Alberta Tar Sands is not labelled "dirty"?

Watch this video about Canadian artist Franke James, and how a dream opportunity -- a 20-city European artshow to educate youth about climate change -- faced behind-the-scenes interference by the Canadian Government.

November 24/11 statement by PEN Canada:
“The government of Canada has no right to determine what is an acceptable opinion for an individual citizen, on climate change or any matter of public interest,” said Charlie Foran, President of PEN Canada, “To do so is clearly not in the spirit of the Charter and the long history of freedom of expression in Canada.”

Greg Hollingshead, Chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada, “The right to freedom of expression includes freedom from official disapproval, including the sort of bureaucratic interference encountered by Franke James.”

Read more including the internal government documents released through an ATIP request.

The Green Party of Canada has submitted an official question to Parliament. The Govt has 45 days to respond in writing.
See Question #380:

Banned on the Hill (and in Europe!) by Franke James and Billiam James is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.Based on a work at Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at

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