Commentary: Petro-Canada (part of Suncor) continues to "cozy up" with Syrian govt. despite human rights abuses

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19 August 2011

Suncor not sending money to Syria

Author: CBC News

Calgary-based energy company Suncor is not sending money to its Syrian natural gas operation, which provides electricity to homes in the strife-torn country, said company CEO Rick George. "We're actually not connected to the Assad regime in any way," George said in an interview with CBC Radio's The Current...George said the safety of the Syrian employees as well as Canadian workers at the facilities is a priority, and the company has a human rights policy as well as an ethics charter signed with its government partner[General Petroleum Corporation].

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13 August 2011

Petro-Canada cozying up to Syrian killers

Author: [opinion] Haroon Siddiqui, The Star [Canada]

When [Petro-Canada secured exploration rights to 10,400 square kilometres in Syria] in May, it declined comment on why it was doing even more business with a regime that had already been cracking down on popular unrest for 10 weeks. On Friday, a spokesman for the parent company Suncor Energy...told [the article's author] that it would comply with federal sanctions — except that the current sanctions do not include either its gas project or its exploration rights...

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