The High Park Group (HPG) is a public affairs and policy consulting firm. Our client work is focused on natural resource and infrastructure sectors including power generation, energy transmission, transportation, and mining. We also conduct extensive research and analysis of environmental legislation and issues.
HPG also works in several areas of social policy – human rights, security of the person, and dignity of the person. In each of these we work with not-for-profit organizations on a pro bono or reduced fee basis.
It appears that High Park has taken a page from the APCO-Worldwide playbook. APCO is the PR and lobbying firm that created a “grassroots” organization called The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC) on behalf of tobacco giant Philip Morris in the 1990s. In that situation, Steve Milloy “quit” APCO to set up a pro-tobacco website called www.JunkScience.com. Milloy later took over as executive director of TASSC and continues, today, to lobby against smoking restrictions. Documents, since made public, show that APCO established TASSC specifically to create the appearance of an arm’s length organization supporting tobacco’s cause.
In this instance, the creation of the NRSP as an “arm’s length” “grassroots” organization also enabled High Park and to avoid identifying who is paying for the NRSP’s public campaign against climate change regulations. The federal government’s own website makes this kind of “grassroots” lobbying subject to the restrictions of the Lobbyists’ Registration Act (subject to an important loophole).
[Tom] Harris [from International Climate Science Coalition] was the Director of Operations of the Ottawa office of the High Park Group until October, 2006. The High Park Group is a lobbying organization for the energy industry.
His by-line in some Canada Free Press articles was misleading, calling him “a mechanical engineer and Executive Director of the Natural Resources Stewardship Project.” But in articles published in the Windsor Star, Vancouver Sun, the Hawaii Reporter and even another inCanada Free Press, Harris is listed as “a mechanical engineer and Ottawa director of High Park Group, a public affairs and public policy company.”
Harris’s connection has been removed from the High Park Group website, and archived records have also been deleted according to SourceWatch.