Ecojustice, on behalf of a group of prominent Canadians, filed a complaint Thursday with the federal Competition Bureau, asking it to investigate false and misleading representations made by climate change denier groups.
In their application to the Commissioner of Competition, the group called for “a thorough, rigorous inquiry of the denier groups and their climate science misrepresentations.”
The group is also pressing for the commission to refer their application to the Attorney-General of Canada for criminal charges against the denier groups.
Ecojustice filed the complaint of behalf of Stephen Lewis, the former Canadian Ambassador to the UN and chair of the 1988 World Conference on the Changing Atmosphere; Tzeporah Berman, author and adjunct professor at York University; and Thomas Duck, an atmospheric scientist at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Other complainants are David Schindler, the Killam Memorial professor of ecology at the University of Alberta; and Danny Harvey, an University of Toronto professor and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change lead author.
The complaint cites The Friends of Science, The International Climate Science Coalition, and the Heartland Institute for misleading billboard advertisements, website representations and a poster made available as a free download on a website.