What a weekend it has been. Tears flowed in the City of Light when it was announced the world has been saved, Judgment Day delayed, Armageddon pushed aside and the planet’s eternal life assured now that all have bowed before Al Gore’s altar.
Even better, Canadian government officials will once again be popular at cocktail parties on the international circuit (being nice to Jews/Israel, fighting ISIS and supporting Canadian jobs was ever so tiresome) now that we have committed to redistributing our wealth and shutting down entire resource industries such as coal and that dreadful oil and gas business. And to think it was just a few years ago that we had a prime minister who dreamed of this nation becoming an energy superpower. No more talk of such twaddle now that, at last, it is 2015.
Indeed, economist Jeff Rubin noted on CBC news Saturday, we don’t even have to talk or worry about pipelines to tidewater anymore because, well, we won’t have anything to put in them.
If that is not enough cause for joy, we learned this morning that China’s commitment to the global environment is so intense that it plans to only double its coal production until 2030. And, as part of the global pact to fight global warming agreed upon by 200 countries Saturday,
India will merely triple its coal production while Canada shuts its down entirely. Sounds like we strike a hard bargain these days.
What moved us most deeply, though, were the words of former Toronto mayor David Miller, who after many years ensuring the pristine nature of his city’s air is now president and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund’s Canadian division. Passionately, he told CBCNN that what pleased him most was that the climate deal vowed to look after the “most vulnerable.”
We are paraphrasing now, but we were struck by how earnestly Miller stared into the camera and said that of course we all know what that means: we must care for our northern people who, as we speak are experiencing the horrors of climate change and “the destruction of their way of life.”
Well, of course. Let’s worry first of all about people who have – against all odds – survived by living off the land and ice for thousands of years in a hostile environment using Stone Age tools because of an extraordinary ability to adapt to a constantly changing climate.
Let us not worry at all that the suicide rate in Alberta has climbed 30 per cent this year. Let us not fuss for a moment that entire cities of people are watching in horror as their jobs disappear and the values of their homes plummet. Some might say these people are “the most vulnerable,” Mr. Miller. Some, dear diary, might even say they are even facing “the destruction of their way of life.” But you don’t care. And you never will.
More good news emerged when the new chief resident of 24 Sussex Drive faced acolytes posing as journalists this week to face down distemper over his decision to move two nannies personally in his employ onto the public’s payroll.
“It will come as no surprise to people that I have a different family situation with three small children than the Harpers did,” he said. “That means we will operate within the same family budget that the previous prime minister had but we will shuffle it around so that it fits better our priorities. That is what Canadians expect.”
Two of courses. The first is that the statement was accepted at face value by the acolytes. The second is that it is sheer nonsense.
The Trudeau offspring are eight-, six- and almost two-years-old. When the Harpers moved into the same residence, their kids were nine- and six-years-old. Yes, the toddler adds an extra dimension but lets be clear this is not a substantively different “family situation.” The Harpers, like any family with children that age, had child care needs. And like any other family, they met them using their own resources.