Not since Pierre Trudeau and Marc Lalonde (the cabinet minister who imposed the National Energy Program on the West) have Canada had politicians as divisive as Justin Trudeau and his Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.
The younger Trudeau and Guilbeault are to environmentalism what evangelical street preachers are to Christianity – cult fanatics. And they are determined to destroy part of the country (Alberta and Saskatchewan) to maintain their power base in the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal triangle.
If you’ve been following along, you know that Canada’s Environment Minister was in China for a meeting of the Chinese government’s China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development.
Yes, there were also participants from other Western governments. However, this was not an independent international organization. It is run by China’s Environment Ministry and chaired by a Communist Party deputy prime minister.
Guilbeault, who is supposed to be a Canadian government minister, is the organization’s deputy chief executive.
To top it off, the Chinese government warned Guilbeault in advance that if he questions the sincerity of China’s commitment to reduce emissions while in China, the “results could be counterproductive.”
Despite the threats and restrictions, he still went.
China is, of course, the world’s largest CO2 emitter, even by its own dubious official figures.
Last year, the Beijing regime largely abandoned its commitment to moving away from coal-fired power generation. Its economy is weakening and “green” energy is uneconomical. There are currently around 300 new coal-fired power plants under construction or in the development phase in China, more than in the rest of the world combined.
China’s emissions dwarf Canada’s. Even if Guilbeault and Trudeau were to realize their second-year fantasy of shutting down Canada’s oil and gas sector, the amount of emissions saved would represent only a tiny fraction of a tiny percentage of a fraction of China’s emissions.
In other words, if China isn’t serious about reaching net zero, what Canada does to reduce emissions will be absolutely meaningless.
But Guilbeault remained silent about all of this during his trip to China.
If Guilbeault was unwilling to raise China’s actual environmental record, what do you think the chances are that the minister will denounce China’s interference in our elections, the operation of Chinese government police stations on Canadian soil from which to spy on Canadians of Chinese descent and should be intimidated? unlawful detention of two Canadian citizens or intimidation of the families of Canadian MPs.
I guess the chances Guilbeault mentioned are net zero.
His unwillingness to raise anything that has not been approved in advance by his Chinese communist hosts is also symbolic of the Trudeau government’s general unwillingness to view China as a hostile foreign power intimidating Canada and wants to bully.
In fact, during his stay in China, Guilbeault was more concerned with attacking his fellow Canadians than with even the mildest criticism of the repressive Chinese state.
Guilbeault criticized the CEO of oil sands company Suncor for daring to say his company couldn’t devote all of its time to alternative energy. It had to protect its shareholders and deliver oil to a world that needs it.
And in a real head-scratcher, Guilbeault criticized Atlantic Canadian regulators and refiners for passing on the cost of recent federal carbon and clean fuel tax increases – nearly 20% in the four eastern provinces – to consumers.
Huh? I thought the point of carbon taxes was to pressure consumers into changing their consumption habits.
The difference this time appears to be that Guilbeault’s tax increases have also caused many Atlantic Canadian voters to shift their voting habits away from the Liberal Party. Someone other than him needs to be blamed.
No man, not even Steven Guilbeault, can serve two masters – the Canadian people or the Beijing regime.
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