Nathan Cullen’s Electoral Reform tour stop in Regina

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Trudeau’s Second Face Speaks Up For Big Oil

The Prime Minister caught a lot of heat for speaking the truth the other month about shutting down the Tar Sands. Then, predictably after furious backpedaling, he let the other side of his face speak about what the Liberals will really allow to permit our climate’s destruction.

“No country would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and just leave them there,” Trudeau said in his address to oil and gas industry executives at Houston’s CERAWeek conference, discussing Alberta’s vast oil sands reserves.

What country should just leave them in the ground? Every damned one. The hypocrite actually says in his speech that he wants to leave the planet better than he found it. Next he claims to be an innovation leader, all the while building 20th century style pipelines for fossil fuels.

It makes me angry that he doesn’t understand the world’s carbon budget still, and seeks to exceed it to our ultimate detriment.

Murder for $10,000

“How does a person charged with murder get bail for $10,000?”

There are some people in Saskatchewan who think* like this:

“In my mind his only mistake was leaving witnesses,” is one troubling post that appeared online.

*Racism is not thinking, it’s a feeling like fear and anger.

Here’s another theory about the bail.

The weekend wasn’t all negative though.

Bogus Brokerage Bull, and Other Online Obstructions

“by keeping that purchase threshold at $20 instead of giving Canadian shoppers a break and raising it to $80, Ottawa spends about $166 million to collect $39 million in additional taxes and duties.”

Here’s something the Industry Minister should fix this year. Especially in light of the Liberals’ support of the TPP, why are they dinging consumers for buying Chinese and American made goods? In the case of mid-range bicycles, there’s no Canadian manufacturer, yet they’ll easily make a beach cruiser (made in China) sold in California for $100US, cost over $350CAD in a Canadian bike shop.

Trudeau on Forest Fire Tragedy

The Prime Minister spoke about forest fires’ connection to climate change at a community affected by a massive evacuation due in part to climate change.

“The reality of climate change is that we’re going to see more and more extreme weather events and we need to make sure that as a country we’re properly equipped to deal with these challenges.”

Trudeau said he expects a better collaboration between all levels of government on resources, training and funding when it comes to fires.

Fast forward a few months to this week.

Responding to comments made earlier, Trudeau said May’s suggestion that the disaster was “very related to the global climate crisis” was neither helpful, nor accurate. […]

“It’s well known that one of the consequences of climate change will be a greater prevalence of extreme weather events around the planet,” Trudeau told reporters at a news conference.

“However, any time we try to make a political argument on one particular disaster, I think it’s a bit of shortcut that can sometimes not have the desired outcome. There have always been fires.

Yeesh.

The Trudeau government was also advised when it was sworn in last November that wildfires were getting worse. The bureaucrats at Natural Resources Canada told their new minister, Jim Carr, that governments across the country hadn’t provided enough funding to help communities prepare for the worst.

The provincial, territorial and federal governments developed a Canadian Wildlands Fire Strategy in 2005, calling for “more resilient communities, improving fire management approaches to balance ecological integrity with protection of life and property, and implementing modern business practices.”

But Carr was told that governments didn’t invest enough money to support that strategy in the last decade.

“Governments remain supportive of the Strategy, but progress towards implementation over the past decade has been limited, primarily due to fiscal constraints,” said briefing notes, prepared for Carr.

“The frequency and severity of wild land fires have been trending upwards in the past few decades and summer 2015 was particularly severe. As a result, there have been calls from the public, communities and provinces for increased federal involvement in wildfire management.”

David Schindler, a University of Alberta scientist who studies the ecology of inland bodies of water, said there have been increasingly favourable conditions for forest fires in recent years. He noted that climate scientists have been predicting the increase in forest fires for at least a decade.

Despite the obvious drought conditions (we got almost no snow last Winter), the federal government wasn’t warning people of the extreme danger.

Wildfires briefing by mikedesouza
https://www.scribd.com/book/311550761/Wildfires-briefing

Hat tip to Daniel.

Things Trudeau Must Do

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has to do several things this year:

  • legalize pot
  • reform elections
  • MMIW inquiry
  • get renewable energy products into the hands of people you know

If he fails to complete, or make meaningful progress on this list by Christmas time of 2016, I think he’ll de-inspire many of the fresh new Liberal Party supporters, and put people back to sleep. We’ll start focusing on American politics, and it’ll be almost as if Stephen Harper never left.

The jury is still out on his Environment and Climate Change Minister McKenna too. While I’m impressed by her open communication style (Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube, etc.), and her cycle advocacy, her recent talk about national unity over reducing pollution is concerning.

Metrics I think you can use to tell if Trudeau is making real change happen:
-If you can (legally) buy someone something made from marijuana this Christmas.
-If you know someone you’d regard as Conservative, who is speaking with more compassion about the plight of Indigenous women in our violent society.
-If you hear someone you thought was disengaged politically explaining the benefits of electoral reform and proportional representation.
-If you know someone who’s used an electric car, bus, or bike, or bought a solar panel system, or cut their home water use by 30% or more.

They Voted For Heads On Pikes

Killing people, even vilified monsters like ISIS militants, exacts a harsh toll on normally healthy people in the military.

Conservatives in America are even more deranged than the Canadian variety, I’d reckon, based on what I’ve encountered online anyway.