Edelman fired by TransCanada After Leaked Energy East Plan

Edelman’s Statement is a little bit different from TransCanada’s…

Edelman NewsWire press release


Edelman and TransCanada agree to end collaboration on the Energy East Pipeline project

TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2014 /CNW/ – Over the last week, attention has moved away from the merits of TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline project.  As a result, and in the best interests of the project, Edelman and TransCanada have mutually agreed not to extend Edelman’s contract beyond its current term.  The contract concludes at the end of December, but Edelman will support the transition of work.

The communications strategy for the Energy East Pipeline is “to drive an active public discussion that gives Canadians reason to affirmatively support the project.”

We stand by our strategy. It was both ethical and moral, and any suggestion to the contrary is untrue.

Unfortunately, the conversation about our efforts has become so loud in certain areas that it is impossible to have an open and honest conversation about the Pipeline project.  The project is too important and a thoughtful, deliberative conversation is needed more than ever.  For that reason we feel that selection of a new partner for the project is necessary at this time so a new conversation on the merits of the project can begin.

SOURCE Edelman Public Relations Worldwide

TransCanada email about firing Edelman and Statement

From: Jonathan Abecassis [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:32 PM
Subject: Starting a new discussion on Energy East

The Energy East project makes sense for Canada. For the first time, western Canadian oil will be able to travel safely by pipeline all the way to Quebec and beyond to the east coast, strengthening Canadian energy security and offering direct local economic benefit all along the pipeline route.

Regrettably, recent controversy around our communications strategy has created distraction most notably inQuebec. Media reports have incorrectly suggested that TransCanada’s communications practices are unacceptable.  The conversation about Energy East has turned into a debate about our choice of agency partner. We need to get back to a conversation about the project itself and as a result we have agreed that it is in the best interests of the project that we do not extend our contract with Edelman
.In the current environment, we can’t have the respectful conversation that we want to have with Canadians and Quebecers about Energy East. We need to discuss the project on its merits, responding to valid concerns such as how we will protect water and marine life, instead of talking about communications tactics.
We are therefore starting a fresh conversation with all stakeholders. We want to be part of eastern Canadian communities for decades to come, and we want to do everything that will enable us to earn the trust of Canadians for the long-term.
You can also view our statement on the Energy East blog in English or French
Thank you,
Tim Duboyce
Spokesperson, Energy East Pipeline Project

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