A pre-election chill has descended over some environment charities after Elections Canada warned them that discussing the dangers of climate change during the coming federal campaign could be deemed partisan activity.
An Elections Canada official warned groups in a training session earlier this summer that because Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, has expressed doubts about the legitimacy of climate change, any group that promotes it as real or an emergency could be considered partisan, said Tim Gray, executive director of the advocacy group Environmental Defence.
Any partisan activity – including advertising, surveys, or any kind of campaign costing at least $500 – would require a charity to register as a third party for the election, an onerous requirement that could jeopardize a group’s charitable tax status, Mr. Gray said.So, if Maxime 'le Pen' Bernier, as fucked up a specimen of humanity as any we'll see this October, says the sky is green, it'll be partisan activity to say 'no, it's blue'. It's political now to recognize the overwhelming scientific consensus because that rancid buffoon disputes it. Maxime Bernier, or whatever he pulls out of his backside, sets the bar for what constitutes political thought in Canada.
“The main reason for climate change, it is not human activity,” Mr. Bernier said Sunday in Gatineau, where his party was holding its first convention.
“There is no climate change urgency in this country.” he said in a speech in June speech. He also disagrees that carbon dioxide, which experts say is responsible for three-quarters of greenhouse emissions globally, is bad.
“CO2 is not ‘pollution,’" he tweeted. “It’s what comes out of your mouth when you breathe and what nourishes plants.”Whoa, Canada.