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Behind Closed Doors, Canada’s Rickford Calls Oil Firms to Action

Canada’s resource minister is privately urging oil and gas executives to get outside the board room and pitch projects to the public, boost spending on environmental research and work more closely with aboriginal groups to win the public relations battle over energy.

Greg Rickford spoke to a closed-door meeting of about 40 to 50 oil and gas executives in October -- a speech that went through several drafts as bureaucrats worked to make it more “pointed on what is needed from industry,” prepared remarks and e-mail documents obtained by Bloomberg through an Access to Information request show.