Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold mining company in the world, with its headquarters in Toronto, is infamous for political skulduggery, anti-labour practices, and for environmentally hazardous mining projects in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Saudi Arabia, the United States and Zambia.

To stay help stay the course, the multi-billion dollar firm just hired two arch-conservative, big business politicians to serve on its international advisory board at over a million dollars apiece, annually.

Joining the board at Barrick Gold are Canada’s former foreign affairs minister John Baird, and former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich. Behold: the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie.