It's mind-boggling. Around the world a strong majority of people are yelling 'do something, now' and yet the Trudeau Liberals would rather build pipelines.
Eight countries, our own included, were surveyed to assess the public attitude on climate change. Let's put it this way, bitumen did not win.
A majority of the public recognise the climate crisis as an “emergency” and say politicians are failing to tackle the problem, backing the interests of big oil over the wellbeing of ordinary people, according to an eight-country poll.
The survey, which comes before what is expected to be the world’s biggest climate demonstrations on Friday, found that climate breakdown is viewed as the most important issue facing the world, ahead of migration, terrorism and the global economy, in seven out of the eight countries surveyed. In the US it comes third behind terrorism and affordable healthcare.
Nick Lowles, from UK-based anti-racism group Hope not Hate, which commissioned the survey, said the findings showed that the public were “way ahead” of politicians in recognising the scale of the climate crisis. “They understand the scale of the problem and want governments to take the strong and decisive action that this emergency requires.”In case you're wondering, 'strong and decisive action' is not code for a paltry $30 per tonne carbon tax. It doesn't mean building pipelines to 'tidewater.' And it sure as hell doesn't mean adding another million barrels a day of bitumen into the holds of supertankers.
For decades I was proud to be a Liberal. I no longer understand how the Liberal faithful can still stomach what their party has become. What's the best thing the Liberals have going for them? The Conservatives are worse. 'Vote for us because we're not as bad as them. We are the lesser of two evils.'
We're on the cusp of climate breakdown and the priority for Conservative and Liberal alike is to run roughshod over their opponents to drive through that gawdamned pipeline.
And now, with week one of the election campaign under their belts, the Liberals have got a morally compromised leader blurting apologies he himself wouldn't accept from anyone else.
How badly is he gored from his self-inflicted wound? Will this tip the scales in favour of Andrew Scheer? If so then Canada and all of us will be paying dearly for Trudeau's unconscionable decision to renege on his promise of electoral reform.
A deeply flawed young man with a famous name he could never live up to.