Steve and the misses are in India now pushing Athabasca bitumen to that country's massive energy market. He's got to sign up customers fast to justify his Northern Gateway pipeline venture.
But why are Canadians picking up the tab for Steve's travels to flog Athabasca's wares? Salesmen usually get their expenses covered plus a hefty commission. And since the Harper government can't come up with a few million bucks to bury destitute Canadian veterans, maybe we can kill two birds with one oily stone.
Here's an idea. Let's get the Oil Patch to sponsor Steve's trips. Plaster the outside of his Airbus with the corporate logos of Suncor, Syncrude, Shell, Nexen, Total, CNRL, Imperial Oil, Sinopec and StatOil. Make it clear when Steve's plane lands in Asia that he's there on behalf of some serious players.
In exchange the Fossil Fuelers can cough up the few million bucks needed every year to send off Canadian veterans who die just too damned poor to cover the tab themselves. To Big Tar it's pocket change and a fraction of what they spend educating Canadians on how environmentally friendly they are.