Power and influence of Canada's energy sector subject of new study

(November 12, 2015) - A new six-year study will try to map and measure the tremendous influence the oil and gas sector wields in all aspects of Canadian life.

The study brings together researchers from the Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and will be hosted by the University of Victoria.

"Canadians know how much economic power the fossil-fuel energy sector wields, but we don't know have that much knowledge of the actual way power is organized within that sector, and how the sector wields influence over other aspects of Canadian society, such as lobbying, media, education," said Bill Carroll, a sociology professor at the University of Victoria, who is co-director of the project.