On Energy & First Nations, politicians want to have their cake and eat it too
All sunshine and broken promises
Justin Trudeau after election victory (John Tavares/Flickr CC)
If the first step in dealing with a problem is admitting you have one, then Canada has made some progress on the environment and Indigenous rights – but on that score alone.
We traded climate change-denying, First Nations-bashing Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the smooth-talking, Sunny Ways Justin Trudeau. He made bold declarations about fighting climate change on the campaign trail, then in Paris
, earning him accolades from around the world. He installed Canada’s first ever Aboriginal Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould
, promised a “new relationship”
with First Nations, and vowed to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP)
But many of his actions have not lived up to the words. The hypocrisy is on full display for everyone to behold. For instance, he recently told
The National Observer
thattripling Kinder Morgan’s dilbit pipeline capacity “is an unavoidable element in a national climate plan.” Huh?
Trudeau explained his twisted logic
to CBC radio’s Gregor Craigie:
First of all, we need to have a world-class oceans protection plan in place, which is why we put over $1 billion in the biggest investment in protecting the B.C. coast that there’s ever been.
Let’s pause there a moment. Wouldn’t not
adding 340 new oil tankers a year
to the BC coast be an even better way to protect it? Justin continued:
Second, we have to have an ambitious plan to fight carbon emissions, to reduce carbon emissions, right across the country, which we’ve brought in with the pan-Canadian framework…And third, we need to make sure that we are getting our resources to market overseas, safely and securely.The only way we can get any
of those things is if we do all three of those things together. That’s the plan that we put in place, and that’s what we’re going to move forward with.
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