Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has made it perfectly clear that she has “no time” for people that disagree with her vision of climate change and how to deal with it.
In a fiery exchange on CTV’s Question Period with Evan Solomon this week, McKenna took a high handed view of those who see things differently. Asked by Solomon how she would deal with provinces such as Saskatchewan as well as Ontario and Alberta, depending on election outcomes, that oppose her carbon tax plan, McKenna was utterly dismissive.
“I have no time for folks who are you know, ‘We shouldn’t take action,'” McKenna said.
“What to do you mean have no time? You have to have time,” Solomon shot back. “Your job is to have time for folks that care about this issue and want to understand it.”
“I don’t have time for politicians that play cynical games with climate action,” McKenna responded.
That response is a bit rich considering the cynical games played recently by McKenna and her boss, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on the impact of their carbon taxes. McKenna was asked at committee, and Trudeau in the House, to explain to fellow MPs what carbon emissions would be reduced under the government’s $50 a tonne carbon tax.
Neither one would give any details, Trudeau going so far as to blame Stephen Harper.
That my friends, is cynical politics. As I explained here, I think Trudeau and company know the impact of their $50 a tonne carbon tax will be minimal and therefore they don’t want to release the numbers.
It was fascinating to see how McKenna played out this interview, especially when pressed by Solomon. Full credit to my fellow CFRA radio host, Solomon pushed McKenna on her claim that she had “no time” for people, he even suggested it is this type of Liberal arrogance that turns people off.
McKenna moved and dodged and went from saying she had no time for people that won’t act to saying no time for cynical politicians and finally saying she had no time for climate change deniers.
Of course to her, all you have to do is disagree with her plan to qualify for any of the three groups.
Saskatchewan has opposed the carbon tax but developed their own plan for GHG emission reductions that includes regulations and carbon capture and storage. It isn’t good enough for McKenna. Both Jason Kenney and Doug Ford have said there are other ways to deal with this issue than a tax but they aren’t what McKenna wants so she has no time for them.
And her complaint that the Ontario PC Leadership candidates didn’t have a climate change plan rings hollow when she and her boss refuse to tell the Commons the impact of the plan they are pushing.
You can watch the full interview here, the fun really starts at about the 4:55 mark.