Consider this excerpt from today's National Observer.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna tried to square the circle of the federal approach to pipelines and climate change.
On her way into the retreat, she said the forest fires "demonstrate that climate change is having a real impact on Canadians."
"This summer is a wake-up call. We've seen extreme weather, we've seen extreme heat that is literally costing lives, we've seen here forest fires, we've seen extreme flooding," she said.
"We know we need to be taking serious action on climate change and that's exactly what we're doing," she added, touting the federal plan to put a price on carbon, phase out coal and make historic investments in green infrastructure and climate adaptation.
That said, McKenna said the country is in a transition from its reliance on fossil fuels that contribute to global warming.
"Transitions do not happen overnight," she said. "I've always said I'm the environment minister for energy workers as much as environmentalists."In other words, Dame Cathy imagines her ministerial duties put energy workers on a par with environmentalists. This is nothing new for her. She has repeatedly equated the economy and the environment as her Environment and Climate Change ministry's portfolio.
That's sort of like proclaiming herself the minister for poachers as much as endangered wildlife species they target.
Besides I thought we had a ministry for energy and natural resources. If she's going to be doing both jobs, at least fire that other dude.