it turns out, is Justin Trudeau's true passion. He hid it well though.
Many of us were convinced he was serious about reconciliation and
climate, but now, in an open affront to justice and the future of
humanity, Canada's Prime Minister is tossing aside those promises*. It's
like we've been punk'd by a veritable Ashton Kutcher protégé.
pictures of Trudeau on set were perfect. Him standing there, addressing
the international crowd in Paris, speaking in line with sound climate
science. And his embraces with First Nations leaders at reconciliation
announcements were also shining moments, especially for a nation with
hundreds of years of "cultural" genocide. Tears were in eyes everywhere.
He was compelling, convincing.
Maybe some joke
writers sensed what he was doing: creating plausibility and generating
genuine hope before crashing his audience back down to reality with the
Trudeau, joker extraordinaire
is now showing us the full ugly underbelly of his twisted, devilish
ruse. Instead of shutting down the tar sands, which could be considered a
real first step for reconciliation and climate action, he is
cheerleading the Energy East pipeline, aka Keystone XL on steroids.
The young whipper-snapper is saying we need fossil fuel extraction to pay our way to a green economy
Or, to paraphrase the logic, "cooking the planet will generate the
resources needed to save it after it's too late", as John Clarke of the
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) lays it out. Who knew Trudeau
had suck a sick sense of humour?!
For the PM and
his friends, the funniest part must be that they're planning to prove
they're better at getting pipelines built than Stephen Harper, who
didn't give a hoot about climate and didn't get any built. Hilarious,
But lots of people don't see the humour.
a meeting this week with indigenous leaders to discuss climate,
Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam (representing a community in the
eye of the tar sands shit-storm) stormed out, saying “I think Canada’s
in a crisis and it ain’t going to get any better now. Canada failed
terribly, the provinces failed terribly in regards to addressing this
[climate] issue,” according to APTN
from Sheila North Wilson, Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi
Okimakanak: "We shouldn’t have to beg for time with the prime minister.
We should have time to speak with him on a nation to nation basis that
he keeps talking about and we have yet to see that.”
of focusing on nation-to-nation relationships, Trudeau is spending time
strategizing with the premiers how to get pipelines built, those same
ones that get approved through a process many many many First Nations say is broken.
nation-to-nation promise? 404 Error, File Not Found. He fooled us and
now he's dropped the punch-line: other things are way more serious for
him, and the nation-to-nation relationship only matters when Canada
likes what it's hearing. That's a cruel joke, dude.
indigenous expression fits here, one used to describe his father and
many other white people (probably including my family): "Speaks with
forked tongue." It means the person says something nice and fuzzy
sounding, but really means something quite different and devious. Maybe
Trudeau finds this amusing.
Or maybe, like most of us, he simply doesn't know about the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and the Treaty at Niagara in 1764 as foundational pieces of the Dominion of Canada
or about the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
There's something funny - in an endearing way - about ignorance, no?
Except it's pretty obvious he knows what he's doing. After all, his
father and Jean Chretien tried it almost 50 years ago to disastrous
But hey, "Comedy is tragedy plus time"
right? Maybe generations from now people will look back at how Justin
Trudeau tricked us and really ruined a great chance to turn this country
around, and they'll laugh a hearty nervous laugh.
got us good. Real Change? It was an elaborate prank! He's a Harper in
buckskin's clothing, holding the crowd captive to his sick and twisted
*To be completely honest, I think
Trudeau as a person, deep down, really wants to see reconciliation and
climate action, and is conflicted at the level of the soul. But in his
position as PM he is being pushed forcefully by certain interests whose
core business is in direct opposition to these aims, and he doesn't have
the backbone to stand up to them. Until he does, it's fair game to call
him out on broken promises and try to have a little laugh doing it. And
also to build the biggest social movement this country has ever seen to
make these essential changes happen.