A study prepared by Canada's Department of National Defence sounds the alarm on climate change. The report concludes that energy shortages coupled with the rapidly spreading freshwater crisis and compounded by the impacts of climate change have put the world on the road to war that could be on us within fifteen years.
The study isn't remarkable for its findings. They're quite similar to the conclusions of earlier reports released by the British Ministry of Defence and the Pentagon. What is remarkable about the DND study is what it might say about the Harper government and about the NDP and Liberal opposition.
First off, the Department of National Defence didn't "release" this report. It was pried out of them by PostMedia via an Access to Information demand. PostMedia? Really?
This report may be the most critical information to come through our civil and armed services in decades and we learn about it, almost by narrow chance, through a PostMedia Access to Information demand. Which begs just a whole lot of questions, like:
- What was the Harper government doing with this report?
- When did the Harper government receive this report?
- Why did the Harper government not release this report to the Canadian public?
- What instructions did the Harper government give to the Department of National Defence in the
context of circulation or distribution of this report?
Those are just a few questions - for starters. And there are as many questions for Layton and Rae.
- What did you know about the existence of this report and its conclusions?
- If you didn't know of it, why not?
- If PostMedia can get its hands on this report why couldn't the NDP or Liberals?
- What, if anything, do you intend to do to hold the Harper government accountable for keeping this
report under wraps?
- What measures do you intend to demand the Harper government take in response to this study?
This report envisions the very possible outbreak of major war within the ridiculously brief span of just fifteen years. This doesn't have to be a "come as you are" predicament, the sort of thing we faced during the height of the Cold War. We are going to be facing a gamut of threats and challenges, at least some of which we can meet with reasonable success if we begin preparing for them now. The longer we wait, the worse become our prospects.
As the report's authors note in conclusion, our path depends on policy decisions made by governments today. Will Layton and Rae finally stand up for our country and our people or will they ignore this warning as they've ignored all the warnings before.