Ontario Proud, a conservative social media advocacy group, is launching a campaign to convince Canadians that Canada needs to stop importing Saudi Arabian oil.
Launched in the wake of the protests against Saudi Arabia’s alleged killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, this campaign focuses on the ethical nature of buying oil from a country like Saudi Arabia which has been accused of many human rights abuses.
Campaign goals & efforts
Jeff Ballingall, the founder of Ontario Proud, said in a statement today “Canadians are alarmed that our country buys $300 million worth of Saudi oil every month. By funding Saudi Arabia, we are essentially funding their gross human rights abuse. This is an issue that affects all Canadians. Canada has its own oil, we do not need to buy it from Saudi Arabia.”
In comments obtained by The Post Millennial, Ontario Proud said their campaign “aims to put an end to the $300 million per month spent on oil imports from Saudi Arabia,” and seeks to make sure oil imported into Canada comes from countries that value “democracy, diversity, equality, safety, freedom and environmental stewardship.”
Ontario Proud, as part of their efforts, has set up a website dedicated to the campaign and will be running radio ads in addition to their regular social media ads and posts.
The Ontario Proud effect
Founded in 2016, the group’s previous efforts were focused in on ousting former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, a task in which they claim they were ultimately successful in.
Achieving 63 million Facebook impressions, making 2.5 million phone calls, and sending 1 million text messages during a one month campaign in last spring’s provincial election, the group has proved itself to be a formidable force in Canadian politics.
Now, in addition to their current Saudi oil campaign, Ontario Proud seeks to “hold politicians accountable at all levels of government” and work towards “defeating failed leaders like Justin Trudeau.”