Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Great Moments in talking Points: Climate Change Denier, Part II

Dion kicked off Question Period today by alleging, again, that Harper is a "Climate Change Denier".
I really have to wonder who's advising Dion on his English phraseology. "Climate change denier" is a phrase that reeks of cynicism and is, quite simply, a smear. It invokes images of "holocaust deniers", lumping people who have qualms about buying the entire climate change issue with people who deny the existence of death camps, gas chambers and mass graves.
As a member of the family of a holocaust victim, I take great offence.

After Question Period, Liberal environment critic David McGuinty used the phrase during press interviews:


He (Harper) still is a climate change denier. I don’t believe it for a second. A month ago, two months ago in the Toronto Star he said that this was so-called climate change or so-called greenhouse gases. Not only that but he went as far as betraying his fundamental ignorance about the fact that he’s going to lose a lot of money -- we’re going to lose a lot of money in this country if we don’t aggressively pursue the Kyoto agenda and go out and make a lot of money, as my leader says."


McGuinty might remind himself that his brother, Ontario Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty, refuses to shut down the largest single greenhouse gas emitter in Canada, the Nanticoke coal-powered electricity generating station.

Then Dion says it again, in his scrum:


Question:
Mr. Dion, what about this — Mr. Dion, en anglais, this letter, sir, that was released today?

St├ęphane Dion:
Of Mr. Harper?

Question:
Of Mr. Harper?

St├ęphane Dion:
One among so many others that shows that Mr. Harper has been consistently a climate change denier.

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