Charles Montgomery reported in the Globe and Mail today that University of Calgary Political Science Professor Dr. Barry Cooper played a lead role in wiping oil money clean through the University of Calgary and then passing it onto the “grassroots” Friends of Science.
(note: the story only appeared in the Globe's print edition, but an online copy is available at the author's own website here).
Dr. Cooper is a charter member of the “Calgary School,” a group of U of C professors credited with the rise of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the ruling Conservative Party of Canada. Cooper is also Stephen Harper’s fishing buddy. That’s no crime; every prime minister deserves at least one friend. It just gets worrisome when the friend acts like he has a guilty conscience, attempting to cover his tracks in an evident effort to influence government policy.