Disappointment in the lack of national coverage for convoy and rally
Aerial photos show massive size of convoy
“I was very disappointed in with the national coverage,” Mainil said. “It’s very sad, when the only way Saskatchewan can get publicity is when 16 young people are killed in a bus crash a year ago. That goes across the board like wildfire, but we have the biggest convoy in the world , and it doesn’t even hit the radar screen. That ticked me right off.”
“We didn’t get any national coverage. That was pretty sad, I thought. I got home, and my wife was so excited to see this on TV, and there was nothing. It was really bad.”
That wasn’t for lack of media present, however. The press scrum at the end of the rally had the premier surrounded by a semi-circle of tightly packed cameras and microphones, with journalists and camera operators behind them, but it didn’t get much beyond Saskatchewan’s borders. The National Post app had stories like “U.S. federal government in search of experts who can roll and joint,” and “Accountant buys $6 million in Apple iPhones and iPads on company credit cards and nobody notices for five years,” on its main page, but nothing on the convoy and rally.
“You can tell how important we are in Western Canada. Not only do the politicians ignore us, but so does the national media, and it’s pretty disgraceful to be treated like that. Really, we don’t even exist. It’s very frustrating.” ......
.....That tax will also double in two years. “It’s scary now, it’ll be really scary, going forward. It’s going to kill our economy. It’s going to ruin our economy, and it’s going to take the entrepreneurial ship out of it. Our country is already being killed by bureaucracy. No one wants to invest in Canada. If I’m a billionaire sitting in China, and I can invest in the United States, which has got a really hot economy now, or Canada, where they don’t want pipelines, that’s an easy no-brainer. I’m going to take my billion dollars and invest it where I can make money,” Mainil said.
Found this in my mailbox a few days back from Ralph Goodale:
"Trust us, our math is sound on this Carbon Tax thing...."
.....and yet, for some reason, I distrust their math. Call me a Carbon Tax Math Denier I guess.
Three years ago, there we were at the COP21 Paris Climate Conference: 383 Canadians strong. Our delegation was larger than almost any other country’s, rivalling even the host country’s delegation. Canada was back. (Canada's delegation was larger than the US, UK, & Australia's combined)
Saskatchewan was there, too, with our three-person contribution to the overall Canadian throng, though we may have been a little out of step.
Just two weeks before Paris, the Alberta government had announced its own carbon tax. The explicit and implied promise was that this indulgence paid by Albertans would purchase the absolution required to secure pipeline approvals. Saskatchewan then was alone in its opposition to a nationally imposed carbon tax. So, in Paris we were — without intention — a few prairie skunks at this low-carbon garden party.
There were other things at the conference that bemused. The massive complex that hosted the conference to save the planet from carbon was festooned by 140 very large plastic and acrylic animal silhouettes — created using carbon. The breakout rooms, offices and larger theatres custom-built for the conference were made of pressboard — the kind that takes a lot of carbon-based energy to process. Our delegation from Saskatchewan, believing it important to maintain a sense of humour and self-awareness, dubbed it the Hall of Irony.
A lasting memory for me from Paris was the message from India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi articulated a goal to bring the modernity and transformational economic power of electricity to all of its citizenry. They have committed to utilizing renewable generation in this massive effort, but noted that they would need additional carbon-based generation, even coal.
Interestingly, the only salutary Canadian reference in the advance UN document, presented to set the table at Paris, was Canadian carbon-capture and storage (CCS) capacities and specifically the Boundary Dam 3 cleaner coal project in Estevan, Sask. That plant today is making electricity from burning coal two to three times cleaner than from natural gas. Yet, it was mentioned seldom, if at all, by our federal delegation at Paris.
Consider if Canada’s climate plan was about real reductions in global emissions conveyed by a new focus on reducing the costs of the next-generation technologies like CCS in which we are already international leaders. The federal government at the recent climate change conference in Poland announced $275 million in funding to the World Bank-led Powering Past Coal Alliance. That is close to the exact amount the previous federal government provided to Saskatchewan, enabling our government to proceed with the Boundary Dam 3 project. It is an important point because without that kind of federal partnership, Saskatchewan cannot go it alone to the next generation of the technology at other coal-fired plants. What a lost opportunity.
There are an estimated 1,600 coal plants in various stages of planning and construction around the world. Canada could take a leadership role. The Saskatchewan plant is working but, as with all new technology, the first generation is costly. With a concerted comprehensive effort, those costs could come down in new generations of the application. Canadian technology, in concert with the efforts of the private sector, the provinces and other countries, could clean up hundreds of coal plants being built greenfield and so many more through retrofit.
The recent UN report on climate change wielded by federal ministers as the reason to double down on taxing our 1.7 per cent of emissions specifically noted the importance of CCS if the spirit of Paris is to manifest. Similar commentary has followed the conference in Poland.
In Canada, the discussion about what we can realistically do to help the global challenges has been monopolized by a domestic carbon tax. And those who dare dissent are accused of all manner of heresy. But even if Canada were to achieve Paris targets, the resulting global emissions reductions would be an entirely irrelevant 0.51 per cent or 30 per cent of our current 1.7-per-cent share of global emissions.
At $200 per tonne of carbon dioxide (as the federal documents say the carbon tax must be to hit Paris targets) or even the $50 that the feds will currently admit to as their plan, the carbon tax will be much more efficient at dulling our competitiveness and costing us investment in our trade-exposed industries than in reducing our own small portion of global emissions, much less the planet’s.
Let’s have a Canadian plan that will be global in scale and truly contributes to efforts to reduce worldwide emissions.
Let’s also end the practice of accusing those who favour a greater Canadian focus on technological solutions that could meaningfully reduce global emissions as opposed to a Canadian carbon tax aimed at reducing global remissions by half of one per cent as being unserious about the challenge.
Trudeau sealed his fate with SK and the West.
He's toast. Liberals will be looking for a new leader.