An Earth Day Message from Canada’s Prime Minister

“Climate change continues to present a long-term threat to our health and economy. …We remain committed to our climate plan, which includes ambitious actions to reduce emissions, promote clean technology and jobs, and put a price on pollution.”                                                                         – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

An Earth Day Statement by Canada’s Prime Minister, followed by an Earth Day Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted April 22nd, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, during an Earth Week event in 2017, urging young school students in Niagara-on-the-Lake to get engaged in the environment movement because “it is your future.” With him to the left is then federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. File photo by Doug Draper

Ottawa, Ontario – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Earth Day:

“Today, we join the international community to observe Earth Day

“As Canadians, we are fortunate to be surrounded by an abundance of nature. With this privilege comes a shared responsibility to safeguard our environment and the natural treasures we have inherited.

“We want our children and grandchildren to be able to enjoy our majestic forests, breathe clean air, and play by our beautiful oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams. That is why the Government of Canada has taken important steps to protect our environment, while growing the economy and making life more affordable for families across the country.

“This year, families are going to observe Earth Day in a different way, because our parks are closed and Canadians have to stay home. This does not mean we cannot all still appreciate and continue to share a resolve to protect our natural beauty and our environment.

“Climate change continues to present a long-term threat to our health and economy. Last week, we made a historic investment to clean up orphan and inactive oil and gas wells, creating thousands of jobs and lasting environmental benefits. We also proposed a new Emissions Reduction Fund to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada’s oil and gas sector, with a focus on methane.

“Our number one focus right now is dealing with the immediate threat of COVID-19. But this does not mean that we can neglect the environmental crisis. Canada can, and will, build a stronger and more resilient economy by investing in a cleaner and healthier future for everyone.

“We remain committed to our climate plan, which includes ambitious actions to reduce emissions, promote clean technology and jobs, and put a price on pollution.

To meet our Paris Agreement <https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/climate-change/paris-agreement.html> commitments, we are taking action so we can exceed Canada’s 2030 emissions reduction goal, achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, and position our businesses and industries to remain globally competitive. We are also committed to protecting 25 percent of Canada’s land and 25 percent of our oceans by 2025 to preserve our natural legacy for our generation and the next.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I encourage all Canadians to do their part for the environment and to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful country.”

You can receive more information on Earth Day in Canada by clicking on the following link that came with the PM’s statement, if it is not over-taxed with people trying to get on it <https://earthday.ca/>

A Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –

I know, I know.

A piece of Alberta landscape, the verdant boreal forests to the left, and the premier Jason Kenney’s idea of tar sand heaven to the right. Canadians have got to stop subsidizing this filthy, destructive enterprise with their tax dollars.

At least a few of you out there are wondering why I posted this statement from a Canadian prime minister who was foolish enough to drink Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s Kool-Aid and blow more than $10 billion of our Canadian tax dollars on a Trans Mountion pipeline?

That’s right, Trudeau and company blew billions of our tax dollars on a pipeline to serve as a life-support system for a filthy tar sands enterprise that is contributing measurably to the climate emergency our world faces today.

It an industry that has no future in this 21st century – and that means ZERO future  – because not only is it dangerous and destructive, it is rapidly becoming about as 20th century as manual typewriters, eight-rack tapes and car windows that you had to open and close with a crank.

A protest in Vancouver, B.C. in 2019 after Trudeau decides to throw billions of our tax dollars at the Trans Mountain tar pipeline.

Having said that, and I know that is a lot, and I will have more commentary on it in the days ahead on Niagara At Large, let’s at least give Trudeau credit for, just days ago, resisting pressure from the Kenny and the captains of the corporations running this filthy enterprise to give COVID-19 assistance funding to bail out them.

Instead, Trudeau announced  hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance for now idled tar sands workers and their families, and for cleaning up the toxic messes at now abandoned tar sites that these corporate criminals were allowed by previous federal and Alberta provincial government to leave behind without investing a portion of their ill-gotten fortunes to clean up.

In contrast to the self-described “stable genius” running the federal government south of the border, Trudeau also at least believes that climate change is real and that it poses an existential threat to humans and other living species on this planet.

And unlike the unhinged malignant narcissist to the south of us, Canada’s Prime Minister cared enough and had the presence of mind to issue an Earth Day message to us.

As much as I hated doing it (because it is kind of like opening a cover to a sewer line to see what is down inside), I visited the White House’s website late this April 22nd morning and I even went to Trump’s infamous Twitter feed, and I could not find a word about Earth Day.

Instead, the orange nut fired out Tweets on this 50th anniversary of Earth Day like this –

  • “States are safely coming back. Our Country is starting to OPEN FOR BUSINESS again. Special care is, and always will be, given to our beloved seniors (except me!). Their lives will ever…WE LOVE YOU ALL!”
  • “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea”.

And last but not least –

  • “Another FALSE ad by the Do Nothing Democrats. Almost all of their ads are False or Misleading, and the Fake News loves it!”

I read these, and I found myself using a one of the words, almost always tweeted out in CAPS, that Trump often uses for people he holds in contempt –  “SAD.”

It IS not only sad, it is tragic, and it is  dangerous for the whole planet to have such an ill-informed, unbalanced clown like him holding such a powerful office.

Compared to that, Justin Trudeau looks like Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and his late dad Pierre, all rolled up in one.

  • Doug Draper, with a wish that we all make a pledge this Earth Day to do more to protect and preserve the life-sustaining resources on this third stone from the sun that we call Planet Earth

NIAGARA AT LARGE be better than encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space following the Bernie Sanders quote below.

“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

One response to “An Earth Day Message from Canada’s Prime Minister

  1. I like your attitude, Doug! Let us resolve, on this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, to let Liberals MPs know that we appreciate that the PM has not given in to Kenney & Co., and that what we want to see as things settle down is real action on emissions reduction and a plan for a just transition towards a clean energy future.

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