Worst Environment Minister ever?


Cobalt_Kid
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Is Peter Kent the worst Environment Minister ever?

Is Peter Kent’s trail of destruction finally coming to an end? | Toronto Star

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Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent recently let the cat out of the bag on Facebook that he expects to be demoted in the upcoming cabinet shuffle. After two and a half years of acting more as a facilitator for eliminating environmental protections than as a steward for our air and water, Kent may want to also change his status byline to “Canada’s Worst Environment Minister Ever.”

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Given his Lex Luthor-like commitment to maximizing destruction, it’s a bit difficult to settle on a top-five list of Mr. Kent’s “greatest hits,” but let’s give it a go.

1. Turning the environmental assessment process into a sideshow . In the new Kent-endorsed regime, the pipeline has to basically run through your house if you want to be heard during a federal environmental assessment hearing, and it has to carry enough oil to fill multiple super tankers in a single day to qualify for federal scrutiny in the first place.

2. Walking away from the Kyoto climate change agreement . It wouldn’t matter if Peter Kent’s own riding was six feet under water – the idea that climate change is anything to worry about just never registered with the man charged with protecting our atmosphere. Kent robustly defended the dubious precedent of Canada being the only government on the planet to sign, and then walk away from, this ratified international treaty.

3. Giving the hook to the Federal Fisheries Act and Navigable Waters Protection Act . Just like his Environmental Assessment Act changes, this move was all about making these laws as narrowly applicable as possible to avoid any uncomfortable scrutiny of resource projects. Kent’s enthusiasm for “streamlining” such regulations drained away critical protections for our lakes and rivers.

4. Telling the National Round Table of the Environment and Economy (NRTEE) where it could take its advice . This stellar non-partisan body (created by the Conservative government of Brian Mulroney) had the gall to point out that a) inaction on climate change was going to cost Canada billions and b) that current government efforts were inadequate to reach even the feds’ own watered-down greenhouse gas reduction targets. Suddenly, the NRTEE wasn’t needed anymore. Before you could say “sustainable development” Mr. Kent killed it dead, and went so far as to prohibit the release of its important research into the public domain.

5. Deny, deny, deny that the tar sands have any more environmental impact than your dog . Peter Kent was great at spinning a story about “world class” environmental standards for tar sands development. However, on closer scrutiny, no one was actually watching the store. Kent scrambled to paper over this gaping hole with a new agreement with Alberta to institute proper monitoring of air, water and soil contamination, 40 years after tar sands development began in earnest. Then he reluctantly asked industry to pay for it, bringing into question once again the credibility of the results.

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At the end of the day, Mr. Kent was simply the messenger for a government that is convinced, deep in its bones, that – contrary to any evidence and common sense – environmental protection and economic growth are incompatible. It’s true that around any Cabinet table, the job of Environment Minister can be a thankless one. You’re the guy who has to say “we need to take a closer look” and “we need to think about future generations.” But these kinds of concerns clearly didn’t keep Peter Kent up at night as he embraced his role with gusto. He was too busy accusing his many critics of “laundering funds” or of “eco-vandalism.”

If you didn’t laugh, you’d cry. But then again, Peter Kent was always more concerned with the next sound bite than sound policy.

 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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Oh yes, by far, but if he pisses you off, I'll be sure to encourage everyone in his riding to vote for him twice.
 
Zipperfish
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Interesting that he basically announced ahead of time that he is backbench-bound. I guess Harper has already given him the news. I don't think he did a grat job, but on the other hand, the entire show is being run out of the PMO. There's probably 25 year-old Carleton polysci grads in the PMO who carry more weight than Peter Kent. Makes me wonder if that's why Jim Prentice (the previous Environment Minister) left government.
 
Walter
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Why is there even such a portfolio? Why not Minister of the air, Minister of the water, Minister of the dirt, Minister of handling poop and pee? It's ludicrous.
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

Why is there even such a portfolio? Why not Minister of the air, Minister of the water, Minister of the dirt, Minister of handling poop and pee? It's ludicrous.


Given Harpo's record on the environment, poop and pee would be a step up for both Stevo and Kunt.

I know I'm getting a reddie for this'un, Walter.

Please make it quick.

..............must be S&M, i'm starting to like it.
 
tay
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Trudeau Liberals change their tune on ozone monitoring


Five and a half years ago Justin Trudeau rose from his seat in the corner of the House of Commons opposition benches to challenge the Harper government on “cuts” to scientific research.

“Mr. Speaker, I have a simple question on ozone monitoring, based entirely on what the minister of the environment himself has already said,” Trudeau declared on Nov. 24, 2011.

Then-environment minister Peter Kent was portraying “cuts” to Canada’s crucial and world-renowned ozone monitoring networks as “simply consolidating and streamlining,” Trudeau began.


.The Liberal MP for the Montreal riding of Papineau then flashed a document signed by Kent that contradicted the Conservative minister's position. “Hopefully not an unreliable source,” he quipped.

It was a sly reference to the day before, when Kent had told then-Liberal environment critic Kirsty Duncan she should "use more reliable research" after she questioned the Tories over a briefing note titled—fittingly enough—“ozone monitoring cuts.”

Trudeau and Duncan would spar with Kent several times that week over the issue.

At one point, Trudeau even challenged Kent by asking whether he knew what ozone actually was.

"I just need to know that he understands the issues," Trudeau asked.


Fast forward to 2017.

The Liberals are in power, Trudeau is prime minister and Duncan is his science minister. Kent has swapped positions with them on the opposition benches, assuming the mantle of foreign affairs critic for the Conservatives.

With the science-defending duo now at the controls, Canada boasts about scientific breakthroughs in ozone research, and the government claims it is unmuzzling scientists, undergoing a fundamental science review, launching a search for a chief science advisor and creating a $2-billion investment fund for post-secondary institutions, among other initiatives.

Trudeau's cabinet launched these initiatives after campaigning in the 2015 election to restore evidence-based decision-making in government. This followed years of criticism that the Harper government was putting science on the back burner and making decisions that benefited the oil and gas industry in Western Canada, where the Conservatives have deep political roots.

The criticism culminated with scientists mourning the "death of evidence" in a mock funeral march on Parliament Hill to protest the Harper government in July 2012.

One might be tempted to think that after all this, the cuts to ozone monitoring would have been restored. The reality, however, is more complicated.

In responding to National Observer’s questions, raised in June, about whether the cuts had been restored under the Liberals, a spokesman for Environment and Climate Change Canada first denied that cuts had ever been made.

After further questioning, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna's office would later acknowledge in July that ozone monitoring stations had indeed been closed. But her spokeswoman would still argue that the “efficiency” of monitoring hadn’t changed as a result.

Thomas Duck, an associate professor in the department of physics and atmospheric science at Dalhousie University, said the government's claim in 2012 under former prime minister Stephen Harper—that Canada could sufficiently monitor ozone while still closing monitoring stations—reminded him of the position it was now taking under Trudeau.

"Does the Trudeau government really want to take ownership of what Harper did?” said Duck.

The NDP said the Liberals weren't honouring their commitment to restore scientific integrity in government post-Harper. “The Trudeau government thinks they’ve kind of ticked the science box on their to-do list and now they’ve moved onto other things,” said science critic Kennedy Stewart.

The Conservatives, meanwhile, see it as an example of the Liberals saying one thing in opposition and another thing once in government.

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Trudeau Liberals change their tune on ozone monitoring | National Observer
 
JamesBondo
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What happened to the woman climate change minister? Did she catch disapproval when she allowed montreal to dump raw sewage into the st lawrence?
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by JamesBondo View Post

What happened to the woman climate change minister? Did she catch disapproval when she allowed montreal to dump raw sewage into the st lawrence?

You mean the Montreal mayor.

But I'm sure you were already aware of that.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by tay View Post

The NDP said ... “The Trudeau government thinks they’ve kind of ticked the science box on their to-do list and now they’ve moved onto other things,” said science critic Kennedy Stewart.

The Conservatives, meanwhile, see it as an example of the Liberals saying one thing in opposition and another thing once in government.

Both true.
 
JamesBondo
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

You mean the Montreal mayor.

But I'm sure you were already aware of that.

Nope the one i was think8ng of is not a mayor.
 

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