Greasing the gears of war?

During his two-week trade mission to Europe, Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Rich Neufeld met with the Norwegian "industry representatives in renewable energy, carbon capture and storage and offshore resources." This, according to a government news release promoting the trip. But those weren't the only businessmen who had an opportunity to hobnob with Minister Neufeld while he was visiting the Scandanavian country. A confidential agenda obtained by Public Eye via a freedom of information request, shows he was at a reception attended by "military oil companies" and hosted by the Canadian embassy. The ministry hasn't yet responded to a request for comment placed yesterday. Stavanger is the fourth largest city in Norway and home to the North Atlatnic Treaty Organization's Joint Warfare Centre. The following is an edited copy of the relevant portion of that agenda.

THURSDAY November 15 (Stavanger, Norway)

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Reception: Hosted by Embassy

Venue: Stavanger Museum
Guest of Honour: Minister Neufeld
Attendees: Teekay Shipping, CHC, plus others from Canadian community in Stavanger including the military oil companies and people met during the day.

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