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Museum of Civilization taps oil patch for $1 million to help fund Canada’s 150th


 

GATINEAU, Que. – Canada’s 150th birthday is being brought to you by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

The federal Museum of Civilization has announced it is teaming up with the oil industry lobby group as an official sponsor of its exhibits to mark 150 years since Confederation.

The $1-million, five-year sponsorship is the largest ever for the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que.

Dave Collyer, president of the petroleum producers’ lobby group, says the goal of the exercise is to promote his industry by engaging and communicating with the public.

The president and CEO of the taxpayer-funded museum, Mark O’Neill, says such sponsorships are going to become more common in future as flat government funding fails to keep up with the rising costs of exhibitions.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and Imperial Oil ran into controversy in 2011 when they sponsored exhibits at the federal Museum of Science and Technology and documents later showed they had exerted pressure to alter exhibit content they felt treated the industry too harshly.


 
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Museum of Civilization taps oil patch for $1 million to help fund Canada’s 150th

  1. ‘documents later showed they had exerted pressure to alter exhibit content they felt treated the industry too harshly.’

    Which is precisely why govts should fund these things.

  2. The ETHNIC Exhibits in this Museum totally failed to reflect the order of ethnicity in Canada based on official Stats-Can population numbers and percentages of each ethnic group. Its also failed to reflect fairly Canada’s resource base, its export analysis based on resources, and its script was clearly written by biased people with an agenda.
    Potential donor sources ran for cover. is also way over budget as most museums always are. With the involvement of a mixed educational and historic and industrial panel there would not have been any risk of bias, but it never happened.
    Other Museum Directors have been horrified by this lack of transparency based on neutral reports..
    Activist agendas abound. Yet millions of taxpayer dollars are involved.

  3. Ironic. Museum of civilization funded by the industry that is hell bent on polluting and killing civilization

    • Writes the person using a device produced, shipped and made with petroleum products