Friday, October 21, 2016
Hypocrisy, Your Name is Trudeau
Remarks by Natural Resources Minister, Jim Carr, and Environment Minister, Dame Cathy, have erased any lingering hope that the Trudeau government is serious about climate change and the world future generations of Canadians will have to endure.
First up, petro-resource minister Jimmy who said, "People say, ’Leave the oil in the ground,’ they don’t want any development. Our view is we use the wealth of the old economy to finance the new energy economy."
Okay that's the standard line that the way to a clean energy future is to ramp up production of the dirtiest, most energy intensive hydrocarbon resource on the planet - bitumen. Carr's predecessor, Joe "Leatherback" Oliver, couldn't have said it any better. Of course there is no link between bitumen royalties and alternative clean energy. That's something in Carr's mind and he wants it in yours also. It's an illusion. If he actually believed it that would be a delusion. I'm pretty sure he doesn't.
Then there's Trudeau's environment minister, Cathy. It was beyond galling when she described herself, "as much an economic minister as I am an environment minister." Oh Cathy, no need for such modesty. With you the petro-economy trumps the environment. That's obvious.
Perhaps the hallmark of this government is weasel words and wiggle room. Sort of like how they justify Canada's role in flogging death machines to war criminals in charnel house conflicts abroad. Now we'll "balance" their supposed human rights violations and war crimes against our industrial benefits. "Cash talks, innocent blood walks" or something along those lines.
Not for nothing did Thomas Juneau refer to Canada as "the definition of hypocrisy."