Source for the most recent addition? ----Bob Burton 02:06, 13 Aug 2004 (EDT)
Going back to square one given NCPPR is the primary source for most of the existing profile. Work in progress, --Bob Burton 07:22, 16 Aug 2006 (EDT)
A 1997 dossier on Maurice Strong, prepared by the National Center for Public Policy Research, relates that Maurice Strong is a senior advisor to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. "Annan has appointed Strong to lead U.N. reforms, positioning him to be the next U.N. Secretary General. But placing Strong in charge of U.N. reform could pose a significant threat to the American way of life as Strong has used his position to centralize power in the U.N. at the expense of national sovereignty."
"Strong, a native of Canada, grew up during the Great Depression and lived in poverty. He was able to escape poverty and became a successful businessman. During the 1950s and 1960s, Strong was involved in the oil industry and utility industry and was quite successful. By the time he was 35 Strong was president of a major holding company, Power Corporation of Canada. As successful as he was, Strong nonetheless felt the need to embellish his achievements. According to National Review, Strong claimed to have had a $200,000 salary when he left Power Corporation of Canada. But the magazine was informed by an official with Power Corp. that Strong's salary was in fact $35,000 upon his departure."
"In the early 1970s, U.N. Secretary General U Thant tapped Strong to organize and direct the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. The conference came to be known as the first Earth Summit. In the following year, Strong became the first director of the U.N. Environment Program. These two U.N. positions marked the beginning of Strong's methodical march toward global governance."
"Strong's most significant role at the U.N. to-date has been his position as Secretary General of the 1992 U.N. Conference on the Environment and Development, the Rio Earth Summit. In the opening session of the Rio Earth Summit, Strong commented: 'The concept of national sovereignty has been an immutable, indeed sacred, principle of international relations. It is a principle which will yield only slowly and reluctantly to the new imperatives of global environmental cooperation. It is simply not feasible for sovereignty to be exercised unilaterally by individual nation states, however powerful. The global community must be assured of environmental security.' Interestingly, Strong had initially been blocked from participating in the conference by the U.S. Department of State. When Strong learned of this, however, he persuaded then-President George Herbert Walker Bush to overrule the State Department."
"Strong is also involved in the U.N. Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Through his work in UNESCO, Strong promotes Gaia, the Earth God, among the world's youth. Strong is [the former] director of The Temple of Understanding in New York. He uses The Temple to encourage Americans concerned about the environment to replace Christianity with the worship of mother earth."
"Strong also directs the U.N. Business Council on Sustainable Development. Under his leadership, the council tries to affect peoples' lives through U.N. policies that attempt to reduce the availability of meat products; limit the use of home and workplace air conditioners; discourage private ownership of motor vehicles; encroach on private property rights; and work to reduce the number of single family homes."
Strong now occupies a PMO (Prime Minister's Office) position as a senior evironmental advisor for Kyoto implementation in Paul Martin's PMO (the Current Prime Minister Of Canada). Prime Minister Martin appointed Strong to this position before he had won the party leadership race. Current Prime Minister Martin and Maurice Strong were employed by Paul Desmarais' Power Corp. where the two met. Former Prime Minister Jean Chretien (who signed the Kyoto Accord) has a daughter married to Paul Desmarais' son, Andre, a Power Corp. heir. http://www.canadafreepress.com/2004/main070904a.htm
Conspiracy Theory, Jesse Ventura
Would like to talk about some of the accusations from the show. Called him the god father of environmentalism (news to me) - seems to be an industrialist, who is appointed by corporations and governmental agencies - why?