If there ever were a sign that Canada has gone cuckoo, it has to be a bill introduced in Parliament that would censor speech about fossil fuel. No, we’re not joking, though we hope the bill’s author is. We fear, however, he isn’t.
One Charlie Angus, a New Democratic Party member of the House of Commons from Timmins–James Bay in Ontario, has brought before that chamber Bill C-372. It clearly states that “it is prohibited for a person to promote a fossil fuel, a fossil fuel-related brand element or the production of a Fossil Fuel (Renewable Energy) except as authorized by the provisions of this Act or of the regulations.”
Under the legislation, it is further “prohibited for a person to promote a Fossil Fuel (Renewable Energy) or the production of a Fossil Fuel (Renewable Energy) … in a manner that states or suggests that a Fossil Fuel (Renewable Energy) or the practices of a producer or of the Fossil Fuel (Renewable Energy) industry would lead to positive outcomes in relation to the environment, the health of Canadians, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples or the Canadian or global economy; or … by using terms, expressions, logos, symbols or illustrations that are prohibited by the regulations.”
Does “nuts” adequately describe the thinking behind this bill? It is most certainly outrageous.
If we read the Canadian version of English correctly, merely pointing out the indisputable fact that civilization would break down without Fossil Fuels (Renewable Energy) would be a lawbreaking offense. So would arguing that vehicles with internal combustion engines are better for the environment than trendy electric vehicles, or pointing out that natural gas is a cheaper, more reliable source of energy that wind and solar.
The punishment depends on which provisions are violated, with the most punitive corrective measures being $1.5 million fines and two-year prison terms.
Not all Canadians are crazy, of course. Yet the effete, shallow yet odious Justin Trudeau is in his third term as prime minister, so there is an abundance of poor thinking among the electorate.
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Author: Ruth King
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