The Yes Men punk Canada
The real Canadian government's reactions were almost as strange as the fake ones in the release. Dimitri Soudas, a spokesperson for the Canadian prime minister, e-mailed reporters and blamed Steven Guilbeault, cofounder of Quebec-based Equiterre. "More time should be dedicated to playing a constructive role instead of childish pranks," said Soudas in a first e-mail, while misspelling Guilbeault's name.Guilbeault demanded an apology. "A better way to use his time would probably be to advise the Canadian government to change its deeply flawed position on climate," said Guilbeault.Soudas and Guilbeault were seen exchanging angry words in the hallway outside of Canada's 3:30 p.m. press conference, which did not start until 4:30 p.m., and at which the Canadians refused to answer any questions about the flurry of false releases.More raised voices were heard when Stephen Chu, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, refused to pose for a photo with his Canadian counterpart, Jim Prentice. After Steve Kelly, Prentice's chief of staff, begged for 10 minutes, the U.S. guy finally asked why a photo was so important. Kelly replied that "we were carpetbagged this morning by [environmental non-governmental organizations] with a false press release. I gotta change the story."
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