Part 2: Global Climate Accords.
PM Justin Trudeau signed on to the Paris Accords. It is another non-binding agreement, but that hasn’t stopped nasty attacks on those who question policies made to satisfy the non-binding agreement’s calls to action; especially the freedom for India, as well as China to pollute, while the West restricts its fossil economy and imposes extra taxes in the name of reducing carbon.
Canadians #Awakening2019 are not sitting still for this. On Thursday morning, a convoy from Western Canada left Red Deer, Alta., midway between Edmonton and Calgary, Ottawa-bound to protest the federal government. Jason Corbeil, one of the convoy’s co-ordinators, said 120 big trucks are scheduled to link up with another confirmed group of 60 from southern Saskatchewan on Friday morning.
“While the grievances fuelling drivers vary, virtually all are united in opposition to an energy policy they believe will dampen the oil and gas sector. In addition to gripes with federal carbon pricing, which took effect this year, the convoy riders are opposed to Bill C-69 and Bill C-48, which would revamp the National Energy Board and the approval process for energy projects, and ban oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s northern coast, respectively. On top of all of this, they want to see action on stalled pipelines, like the Trans Mountain expansion project nixed last summer by the Federal Court of Appeal, to boost the industry by getting more product to new markets.”
Under Prime Minister Trudeau, we are inhibiting our ability to foster our energy sector. And he has help. Foreigners are attacking our oil production on social media. Cenovus president and CEO Alex Pourbaix said, “If anybody thinks the world is a better place with Canadian oil being replaced with oil from those countries, they are not thinking very clearly.”
Canada is blessed with natural resources. We were known as “hewers of wood and drawers of water” and now, when we can uplift all Canadians by exporting our oil, we are buying oil from Muslim countries. We have a PM and government more concerned about staying tied to international accords and reveling in their accolades than being loyal to the citizens who elected this government.
Bill C 69 is before Parliament. Specifically, the bill includes a large number of new highly-subjective criteria including the “social impact” of energy investment and its “gender implications.” How does subjectivity versus objectivity help Canada? Just more onerous regulatory processes that reduce Canada’s ability to compete.
Of course that is not enough for the PM. No, he wants to impose a carbon tax on Canadians. Either that or we will face the end of the world.
Nationalism, or at least patriotism, seems to me a pretty normal state of human affairs in most places and at most times. And the idea that a country would put its own interests first was, I thought, a kind of fundamental maxim of international relations. Trump, Brexit, and the European populist movements are exposing a fault line in modern Western societies. The division is between, as David Goodhart describes: those who live “anywhere” and those who live “somewhere. “Anywheres,” or just plain “globalists” have an increasingly weak attachment to the nation-state. For Somewheres, nationalism is more than just a strong emotional attachment; it is critical to their lives. If things go badly, or if policy choices turn out to be wrong, Somewheres cannot just shift their lives to somewhere else. They depend on the nation-state .
If we want a government that cares for its people, we must replace Trudeau and the Liberals in the 2019 election.
Here is a link to Part 1
Updated Feb 15, 2019 (video)
From the Ethics of the Fathers: “Rabbi Tarfon used to say, it is not incumbent upon you to complete the task, but you are not exempt from undertaking it.