Canadian artist Franke James calls Stephen Harper and Joe Oliver out in this hard-hitting visual essay
Story also available as an animated video.
Visual Essay Credits
“Hey Mister Prime Minister, What are You Afraid Of?” 2012 Franke James
Writing and illustration by Franke James (see additional photo credits below).
Transcript: Features quotes from Franke James’ March 3, 2012 interview with Joe Oliver, Federal Minister of Natural Resources.
Franke James is an award-winning artist whose illustrated essays on environmental and social issues have been reviewed and showcased around the world. In November 2011, James’ art show “Banned on the Hill” appeared in Ottawa, around the corner from Parliament Hill. The crowd-funded billboard show protested the silencing of environmental voices by the Harper Government. James is the author of the illustrated book, Bothered by My Green Conscience, and a member of the Writers Union of Canada, PEN Canada and CARFAC. She has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria and lives in Toronto. For more information see:http://www.frankejames.com. Franke on Twitter: http://twitter.com/frankejames
Thank you to the following organizations for photos and resources:
Living Oceans Society
Living Oceans photo: T-Shirt with “I have this Sinking Feeling about Enbridge”
Living Oceans photo of First Nations “We say no to Enbridge” protest
Living Oceans Map of Proposed Tanker Route to Kitimat
Tar Sands Mining Photo: David Dodge, Pembina Institute
Photo: Suncor upgrader complex adjacent to Athabasca River 2002 Chris Evans, Pembina
Additional photos used with permission
Dr David Schindler photo: Ed Kaiser, Edmonton Journal
Syncrude 2007 -12 photo 2007 David Dodge, CPAWS
Empire State Building photo Daniel Schwen, 2008, Wikimedia
Oil Sheen From Valdez Spill photo Wikimedia NOAA
Dead Oil Covered Birds Photo Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council; Wikimedia.