Enbridge Spoof Lands Cartoonist in Hot Water

Dan Murphy has been tweaking sensitive noses for 25 years, but when he tweaked Enbridge’s, he discovered an implacable face behind the nose. The political cartoonist for Vancouver, B.C.’s Province newspaper was incensed when his parody of the oil company’s pipeline promotion was pulled from the paper’s Web site.

The video, which can still be seen on YouTube, is a clever spoof. The Enbridge video makes the pipeline appear to be the best thing that could happen to the future of Alberta, jobs, the environment, and the family. Murphy adds a narrative from a fictitious marketing designer, who appears puzzled when black, oily splotches keep marring the production.

Enbridge contacted the publisher, Postmedia News, and the video was removed. Neither side disputes that sequence of events. Beyond that, the versions differ. Vancouver Province editor Wayne Moriarty insists the only issue is copyright violation.

Murphy tells another version. When he spoke with CBC, he said his editor told him:

If it doesn’t come down, Enbridge says they’re pulling a million dollars worth of advertising from Postmedia, and if it doesn’t come down, I, Wayne Moriarty, I’m going to lose my job.

As for Enbridge, CBC News writes:

Enbridge has released a statement saying it did not threaten to pull its ads and that it did not ask for the video to be removed.

Political pundit Rafe Mair also weighed in on his Common Sense Canadian blog. He has long accused The Vancouver Sun and The Province of going easy on the Liberal government’s poor environmental record and said:

Does it not tell you that the only logical conclusion one can come to is that Postmedia papers, in Vancouver at any rate, do indeed censor and that in all probability their columnists self-censor?

Whatever the facts of the case, pulling the video from the Postmedia News site has brought it a lot of attention. Watch the hilarious spoof, and weigh in with your own opinions.

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Photo from Dan Murphy's satiric video


Natasha Salgado
Past Member 5 years ago

What's the fuss about anyway--I liked it!

Annmari Lundin
Annmari L6 years ago

but, not bit.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari L6 years ago

Censoring critics using copyright violations is an old trick, bit it doesn't, and shouldn't, work. Free speech trumps any copyrights.

Teresa H.
Past Member 6 years ago

Dan Murphy is just calling it like it is and more power to him! Building the pipeline off the coast of BC is, and always has been a risk. There is an incredible amount of seismic activity in and around the Queen Charlotte Islands (5 quakes measuring more that 6 in the last four years) as well as the Japan quake/tsunami debris now hammering the BC coastlines. There is no way that Enbridge can secure all along the pipelines to ensure that either an earthquake and/or several tons of debris will not break the pipeline from either of these events. A pipeline off the Canadian west coast is a disaster waiting to happen and with Enbridge's abysmal record, it is a guarantee.

Grace Adams
Grace Adams6 years ago

Postmedia is a business with a survival instinct. Any business has to pay attention to which side its bread is buttered on, in order to survive. I don't have strong enough nerves to hack it in the business world and am very glad to be retired on a Social Security pension.

Mark Donners
Mark Donner6 years ago

Enbridge is factually a criminal organization and should be prosecuted along with their menotr that psychotic criminal Harper for global terrorism and assaulting the entire world.

Suzy D.
Reverend Suzy D6 years ago


OK, Dan parodied Enbridge; aren`t they big enough to take it on the chin ?
Aw, diddums !

They should have reacted by reassuring the public, if they`re not full of post-digested food that is !

Robert Ludwig
Robert Ludwig6 years ago

That was really clever. I can't understand why Enbridge got their knickers in a twist. (Right)

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill6 years ago

Graham H, free speech is only allowed as long as it is politically correct. Wonder what the founding fathers would say?

Ernie Miller
william Miller6 years ago

I liked it. Why do conservatives hate their Children and grand children so much they are willing to poisen an unborn child or force them to die of thirst because the water is so poluted for just a couple easy dollars?