"Jail politicians over climate change: Suzuki" read a National Post story (Feb.7, 2008) which detailed David Suzuki’s Jan.28, 2008 speech at the McGill Business Conference in Montreal.
“Toward the end of his speech, Dr. Suzuki said that “we can no longer tolerate what’s going on in Ottawa and Edmonton” and then encouraged attendees to hold politicians to a greater green standard.
"What I would challenge you to do is to put a lot of effort into trying to see whether there's a legal way of throwing our so-called leaders into jail because what they're doing is a criminal act," said Dr. Suzuki, a former board member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
"It's an intergenerational crime in the face of all the knowledge and science from over 20 years."
Hard to believe that ‘it’s all settled’ Suzuki was a member of any civil liberties group! No more discussions! The debate is over! We must implement the final solution! Jail the heretics!
I wonder how "so-called leader" Liberal MPP Jim Bradley of St. Catharines feels about Suzuki’s rant?
Suzuki and Bradley apparently have had their own little mutual admiration society going for years. But now, Bradley himself will fall prey to Suzuki’s greenshevikism. (Green bolshevism)
After all, Bradley and his McGuinty Liberals did absolutely nothing about their 2003 promises to shut down all of Ontario’s coal-fired generating plants by 2007. According to Suzuki , that should get jail time for every Ontario Liberal MPP elected in two Liberal majority governments since 2003!
Would wearing prison stripes suit Jim Bradley, for the supposed criminal act of “intergenerational” crimes against humanity? (Or, is it an “intergenerational” crime against the environment?) Who’s the victim here?
And, what exactly happened “twenty years” ago that Suzuki refers to? What was this ‘face of all knowledge’ Suzuki alludes to?
Jim Bradley has yet to reveal the basis of his own pro-Kyoto propaganda campaign in Ontario in 2003! Was it the phony Mann-made 'hockey-stick graph'??
Tom Spears wrote in “Suzuki, the science ruffling the feathers”, (Ottawa Citizen, Jan.22, 1990):
“Reporters who cover him often complain that Suzuki has little patience with people who know less about science than he thinks they should.
And a student found that out -- as many do -- by asking what Suzuki considered a stupid question at a forum at Carleton University two years ago.
Suzuki had just said that Canada should do more to scale down the arms race -- stop testing cruise missiles, for instance. The student asked whether Canada's action would work.
"Who can guarantee you that anything you do will matter?" Suzuki shouted. "But if you sit back -- There is so much cynicism. You're too young to be cynical, dammit. It's just not valid to say 'Do you think it will work?' Who gives a shit whether it will work? You gotta do it."
Suzuki has a habit of ruffling scientific feathers, too. He criticizes scientists for studying too much and acting too little.
The ill feelings, he says in his autobiography, cut both ways: "My growing involvement in television was resented by my fellow professors... I heard some of (the reasons): I was on an ego trip, my science wasn't good enough so I shifted areas, I was wasting my time. I felt the disapproval by my colleagues came mostly from their view that popularizing science through broadcasting was beneath the dignity of a university professor."
The issue came to a head in 1974 when the university temporarily revoked his sabbatical, arguing he should spend it doing "real" science, not the watered-down TV stuff.
Since then, he says, the academic community has warmed to his populist approach.
He admits being "arrogant" and "a hotshot," but says he's ready to change his views if he's proven wrong.
Suzuki has an admirer in Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley.
Suzuki has raised public consciousness of environmental problems "perhaps more than any individual in the public eye," Bradley said. "And he has suggested solutions."”
And one of Suzuki’s suggested “solutions” now includes putting promise-breaking admirers, such as Bradley, in jail!
How ironic, considering the good times Bradley and Suzuki have apparently shared in the past, with flattering reports like this one from the St. Catharines Standard, (Jun.8, 2002):
“From renowned environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki to former premier David Peterson to his own staff, Bradley has been called the best environment minister in the history of the province, even the country.” (cue OOOOH!)
Or, from the Cambridge Times (Aug.5, 2003):
“Bradley, an environment critic with fewer opportunities than a financial spokesman, nonetheless ranks among the most useful half- dozen MPPs. He was an environment minister popular with activists from 1985-90 and one, David Suzuki, recently called him the best environment minister in Canada's history.” (cue AAAAAH!)
So, for years, even prior to his 2003 election, Jim Bradley, was rated in the top six elite “useful” MPP’s. And since 2003, Bradley has been in the Liberal cabinet of two majority Liberal governments, who have essentially misrepresented their stated environmental goals.
Despite all that, Suzuki wants all these government leaders jailed. So, how "useful" was Jim Bradley, then, after all?
Will Jim Bradley, the apple of Suzuki’s reported adulation, now publicly part company with the wizened, wacky environmentalist, after having ridden on his approval and his coattails all this time, when it was to Bradley’s advantage to do so?
Or is it time to start building the enviro-jails?