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Goodridge urges boy­cott of Lush Cos­met­ics for com­pany’s oil­sands op­po­si­tion.

ort Mcmur­ray-con­klin MLA Laila Goodridge is urg­ing Al­ber­tans to boy­cott Lush Cos­met­ics for the com­pany’s op­po­si­tion to the oil­sands and new pipe­line pro­jects.

Speak­ing in the Leg­is­la­ture on Tues­day, Goodridge crit­i­cized the com­pany for de­nounc­ing Al­berta’s oil in­dus­try and cam­paign­ing against ma­jor pipe­line pro­jects, while at the same time main­tain­ing stores in Saudi Ara­bia and Iran.

“For a com­pany that claims to pride it­self on tak­ing eth­i­cal stances, they seem to have no is­sue in op­er­at­ing store­fronts in Saudi Ara­bia and Iran, two coun­tries that have ab­so­lutely atro­cious hu­man rights records and ba­si­cally non-ex­is­tent en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards,” she said.

“I would urge all Al­ber­tan shop­pers, es­pe­cially as we en­ter into this hol­i­day sea­son, to choose to buy their prod­ucts from stores that cel­e­brate and sup­port Al­ber­tans,” said Goodridge. “This Christ­mas, I hope that Santa leaves some qual­ity Al­berta oil­sand in Lush’s stock­ing in place of the coal that they de­serve.”

The com­pany did not re­turn re­quests for an in­ter­view. Ac­cord­ing to Lush’s web­site, the com­pany be­gan its cam­paign against the oil­sands in 2010 when it part­nered with the Rain­for­est Ac­tion Net­work.

That first cam­paign raised $42,000 to sup­port the or­ga­ni­za­tion and a $10,000 do­na­tion was made to the B.c.-based Dog­wood Ini­tia­tive, which cam­paigned against the pro­posed North­ern Gate­way project.

The com­pany or­ga­nized a pe­ti­tion op­posed to oil­sands ex­pan­sion, which col­lected 24,015 sig­na­tures.

“To sym­bol­ize all we have to lose by in­vest­ing in the tar sands, our shop staff donned noth­ing but fake oil bar­rels and ral­lied our cus­tomers to sign a pe­ti­tion ask­ing thenprime Min­is­ter of Canada Stephen Harper to in­vest in green en­ergy so­lu­tions,” the com­pany’s web­site states.

“The Tar Sands con­tinue to ex­pand and grow, but we must break free from fos­sil fuel.”

As the Christ­mas shop­ping sea­son be­gins, a so­cial me­dia cam­paign has called for a boy­cott of the com­pany.

A pe­ti­tion or­ga­nized by the group Canada Ac­tion call­ing for a boy­cott has col­lected more than 2,100 sig­na­tures. A Face­book page called Pipe­line Ac­tion posted the phone num­bers for the four Lush stores in Cal­gary. Peo­ple on Face­book and Twit­ter have been crit­i­ciz­ing the store on so­cial me­dia posts.

The com­pany has not com­mented on the cam­paign or Goodridge’s com­ments, but has been de­fend­ing its stance through so­cial me­dia.

“Fos­sil fuel con­sump­tion is not sus­tain­able, and con­tin­ued in­vest­ment in the oil in­dus­try will re­move any in­cen­tive to work to­wards sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tives,” the com­pany told one Twit­ter user who pointed out the com­pany still uses plas­tic pack­ag­ing.

“We are ad­vo­cat­ing for a just tran­si­tion to clean re­new­able en­ergy, in which gas and oil work­ers are re­tained, for a greener fu­ture for all Cana­di­ans,” the com­pany said in re­sponse to an­other user ac­cus­ing the com­pany of hypocrisy for re­ly­ing on ve­hi­cles us­ing gaso­line to trans­port prod­ucts.

Goodridge – who says she has not been to a Lush store since the com­pany’s first anti-oil­sands cam­paign ran eight years ago – is the sec­ond Al­ber­tan politi­cian to urge a boy­cott of the com­pany at the start of the Christ­mas sea­son, join­ing Cal­gary Coun­cil­lor Sean Chu.

“There are thou­sands of Cal­gar­i­ans/al­ber­tans out of jobs dur­ing this Christ­mas sea­son but this com­pany is ad­ver­tis­ing this ‘Stop the pipe­lines. No more tar sands,’” he wrote on his Twit­ter ac­count on Nov. 29. “I’m boy­cotting this com­pany and you should too.”

VIN­CENT MCDER­MOTT/FORT MCMUR­RAY TO­DAY

Laila Goodridge, UCP MLA for Fort Mcmur­ray-con­klin, at the rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony for the Fort Hills oil­sands op­er­a­tion on Mon­day, Septem­ber 10, 2018.

PERRY MAH/POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

From left to right: Eriel Deranger joins Lush Cos­met­ics em­ploy­ees Holly Hoover and Brit­tney Miller as the two wear fake oil bar­rels protest­ing the oil­sands out­side a store in Ed­mon­ton, Alta. on June 9, 2010.

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