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-Homer J. Simpson

Friday, September 08, 2006

Blogging Tories and Oil and Bryan Thomas

I was reading BigCityLib this morning (with his coverage of DeSmogBlog) and it occurred to me that I had heard of this group “The friends of science” before.

Yep. It turns out that a “a controversial conservative adman” will soon be lobbying on behalf
of The Friends of Science, which is “an action group opposed to the Kyoto Accord.”

His name: Bryan Thomas

We in Saskatchewan will remember Bryan Thomas because he worked for the Saskatchewan Party (our conservative party) in the 1999 election campaign.

To quote from a newspaper at the time:

Then last week came Bryan Thomas The Saskatchewan Party's advertising consultant said "wedge issue" ads were possible . And then came the kicker statement: "The name of the game is to find out that 20 per cent to 30 per cent, to find out who they are and to get inside their wee little heads and to find some way to reach out to them." Thomas was forced to resign and Hermanson went into damage control.
Source: Prince Albert Daily Herald, Sep 7th 1999, Pg 4

He also worked for a couple of other right-wing groups:

  • He was a co-chair of the Ontario United Alternative Commission
Source: Toronto Star, July 30, 1999 pg 1
  • He was the Ad-Man for Stockwell Day
Source: Edmonton Journal, Jan 24, 2001 pg A12

  • He was the Reform Party’s “Marketing and Advertising Specialist” Responsible for the infamous “lines through the Quebec politican’s faces” ad
Source: Toronto Star, May 29, 1998
  • He was the president of London, Ontario agency that produced the advertising campaign for Ontario Premier Mike Harris's Common Sense Revolution

Remember the name Bryan Thomas. I will bet you dollars to donuts he shows up for the next Saskatchewan Election