I've been an outspoken critic of Trudeau environment minister, Cathy McKenna. She and her government have consistently failed Canada and the Canadian people on protecting the environment and tackling climate change, in both mitigation and adaptation.
None of that has changed. They're still in a D-/F range on the environment.
But today the head of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers went too far. CAPP CEO Tim McMillan even called her "disrespectful" of Canada's energy industry.
“She continues to profile our industry as if we aren’t responsible. It’s disrespectful and it’s not true."Tim, you seem to think that taking responsibility isn't the same as being responsible.
Your energy giants have shown little interest in taking responsibility for the quarter trillion dollars it will cost when they pull up stakes and stiff Alberta with the bill for cleaning up the Tar Sands tailing ponds. And you're constantly squirming to offload responsibility for those tens of thousands of "orphan wells" those companies leave in their wake.
You see, Tim, taking responsibility and being responsible are really the same thing. And there's nothing remotely disrespectful in treating your industry as irresponsible. Now you can correct that by cutting some pretty big cheques to cover the tab for cleaning up the aftermath of the oil, gas and bitumen you've already extracted. Only that's not going to happen, Tim, is it?
So, Dame Cathy, I'm on your side on this one. How about wedgies all around for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and its CEOs?