March 06, 2019

How much “green money” do ENGOs have to steer politics in Canada? (Guest: Michelle Stirling, Friends of Science)

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

 

Monday night in Toronto, Justin Trudeau held a climate change rally. It was a desperate and transparent attempt to change the channel from the snowballing SNC-Lavalin obstruction of justice crisis hitting the Liberal government and swallowing up the PMO.

Trudeau has lost two high-profile cabinet ministers — AG Jody Wilson-Raybould and Treasury Board President, Jane Philpott — after allegations surfaced that he and several high-profile Liberals and partisan bureaucrats, improperly pressured the former AG to defer prosecution of the Montreal-based engineering firm.

But the most pressing issue for Justin Trudeau on Monday was… climate change?

That’s weird, especially when poll after poll shows that climate change is not a top of mind electoral issue for most Canadians. In fact, environmental issues regularly poll lower in importance to voters than jobs, pipelines and the economy.

With the popularity of three carbon tax fighting premiers, Doug Ford, Scott Moe and Blaine Higgs, and the impending election of a fourth, Jason Kenney, carbon taxes and climate change are losing issues for the Liberals.

But, somehow these two items remain Liberal flagship issues. They won't shut up about them!

That’s because of the power and influence environmental NGOs have over the electoral system in Canada. It's all about cash, and they have a lot of it. Sometimes single ENGOs are able to out-fundraise major political parties. My guest this evening has all the details.

Joining me tonight to discuss her recent report exposing the enormous sums of money ENGOs have to steer politics in Canada is Michelle Stirling, communications manager for Friends of Science.

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commented 2019-03-12 21:49:42 -0400
For weather forecasting, I would imagine. I kinda like being able to look up the weather online. They’re weather stations, not climate stations.

Sea levels continue to rise, and even if warming stopped, would continue to rise for decades due to their slow response, although at a slowing rate (not what’s actually being observed).

The Maunder Minimum coincided with the little ice age. Why’s it getting warmer this time? Possibly some other variable is at play…
commented 2019-03-10 03:54:45 -0400
Wow! So "weather stations – or lack thereof! – DON’T provide a very comprehensive overview? So why the “Bleep” have any at all? Global ice cover in NOT declining and is indeed increasing in the Antarctic… Sea levels stabilized years ago; the coral reefs are not dying; and “its/nix/blix/nix” ratios are a contrived fantasy by the “97 per cent consensus crowd”… Yes, the sun has indeed “cooled” during both Cycles 24 and now going into 25… The effects of that “quiet sun” epoch has yet to be seen and may not become fully apparent for years to come… The “planet is warming” only in the fervid imaginations of the global wealth redistribution crowd at the UN… Intelligent people prefer to learn from history and that’s why I encourage any intelligent observer to learn from what happened during the historic Maunder Minimum when the sun last went “quiet” for a few 11.2 year cycles back to back…
commented 2019-03-09 15:18:58 -0500
Andy – I prefer global proxy measures for that very reason. The “pause” itself is predicated on only paying attention to tropical stations, and weather stations don’t provide a very comprehensive map anyway.

Global ice cover continues to decline, global sea levels continue to rise, O15/O18 ratios indicate continued warming too. Sea level rise is accelerating, the opposite of what you’d expect it had “flatlined”.

The sun is indeed a major influence, but it’s cooled slightly alongside the decline of the sunspot cycle. The earth’s orbital parameters, the prime determinant of glacial cycles, also suggest a long, slow cooling trend. Yet, the planet is warming. There’s some other factor influencing it, and nobody seems to have any explanation other than higher atmospheric heat retention.
commented 2019-03-09 03:26:00 -0500
Yeah sure Ms. Stephenson… That “global average” has actually flatlined in recent years if you take into consideration the fact that some key “cold weather reporting stations” have been conveniently deep-sixed by the “97 per cent consensus” crowd… I much prefer the very recent forecasts of both NOAA and NASA, or the St. Petersburg Solar Observatory for that matter… Climate change is indeed “global”, and the Sun drives it more than any other factor on God’s green earth….
commented 2019-03-08 12:44:26 -0500
“Alberta Maga commented 10 hours ago
Andrew Stephenson and where was that done? Toronto? Other recent polls say different”

Which polls? I can’t really find anything more recent, or comparably broad in scope.

This one was done nationally – they even break it down by province. Alberta and conservatives think the debt and migrants are big issues, but they’re outnumbered by virtually every other province, and other political groups (this one put conservatives at 33%), respectively. They’re a very vocal group, and appear fairly united in their beliefs, but not reflective of Canadians as a whole. There’s a danger of being in an echo chamber.

Andy: What’s the global average done over the last decade or two? A few places, in a few months, is weather – basically background noise. Especially when your dataset is more reflective of selection bias than actual trend. Climate change is global and long term.
commented 2019-03-08 03:24:38 -0500
Yeah Ms. Stephenson, “more Canadians are concerned” by the fact that spring is now seven weeks late in Victoria, and counting; the Victoria International Airport has seen more snow than anytime since records were first kept; Calgary has seen the coldest winter in recorded history, and Vancouver since 1941… And the people around Seattle are going to be hit by even more snow tomorrow… Villages in Austria and Switzerland have been isolated from the outside world by snowfalls for a week at a time… Ain’t “global warming” just grand???
commented 2019-03-08 02:37:54 -0500
Andrew Stephenson and where was that done? Toronto? Other recent polls say different.
commented 2019-03-07 21:27:06 -0500
What a great show tonight. People need to know this truth, not the spin on the dinosaur media outlets. Let’s go to the Friends of Science site and copy those articles and forward them to folks who aren’t clued in to reality like we are.
commented 2019-03-07 13:23:09 -0500
There is another kind of climate change in the air, the climate of hate for Trudeau is oozing from the pores of the people…….Can you feel the hate in the air?
commented 2019-03-07 11:55:43 -0500
You know Sheila, the other side of the coin of THEREBEL exposing and documenting so much corruption, immorality and underhandedness in the people who carry out the governance of Canada, and who have done so for years is, the realization that we have all been a bunch of saps, suckers and naive fools, trusting conmen and scoundrels!
That is insult to the injury of having my country plundered and destroyed by these same scoundrels and conmen and their fellow conspirators at the Fake News Media Party, et al!
Forget feeling embarrassed at being a Canadian these days because of Beta-Boy Justin’s antics, I hang my head in shame for being so naive and trusting…well that’s my burden to carry.

Now, how to effectively deal with this nest of securely embedded bloodsucking vipers, parasites and degenerates who are wreckin’ the place?
Drastic times calls for drastic measures!
I guess we need a leader and a plan in order to act.
And maybe that is the big flaw in peoplekind…
commented 2019-03-07 11:46:08 -0500
Alberta Maga commented 8 hours ago
Andrew Stephenson in the top five of what? "

Election issues.

Polling is actually rather sparse, but this is the most recent non-targeted “issues” poll I could find, Aug/18. (https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:-qlG8uXEM2sJ:https://abacusdata.ca/2019-race-may-feature-many-issues-from-climate-change-debt-housing-to-borders-and-gun-violence-and-always-trump )

Concerns
1) Trump (presumably his effect on Canada – this poll was done when NAFTA was a headline issue)
2) Health Care
3) Climate change
4) Housing affordability
5) Government debt.
commented 2019-03-07 11:25:51 -0500
I came across this June 29, 1989 Associated Press article titled: UN Predicts Disaster if Global Warming not checked. Other than a name change from Global Warming to “Climate Change”, all I see today is a “cut and paste” regurgitation from decades ago. No wonder it is impossible to take them seriously. Someone clue in Climate Barbie.
https://apnews.com/bd45c372caf118ec99964ea547880cd0
commented 2019-03-07 09:21:52 -0500
This is just sick
commented 2019-03-07 03:21:27 -0500
I wonder when the next doom deadline will be created? The previous ones never happened.
commented 2019-03-07 03:20:02 -0500
I see the left still thinks we have the power to affect climate change , at least they say so to take wealth and transfer it.
commented 2019-03-07 03:19:03 -0500
Andrew Stephenson in the top five of what?
commented 2019-03-07 00:07:09 -0500
MARK CHADWICK commented 1 hour ago.
Hey climate crazy……………

Well said Mark I couldn’t agree more. Trudeau works for the Thief’s of Baghdad
commented 2019-03-06 23:21:56 -0500
Climate change is the only issue routinely in the top five that provides a wedge between him and Scheer… more Canadians than not are concerned about climate change, so it’s politically not a bad position to take, certainly one strong enough that even the likes of Scheer, Ford, and Moe have all developed climate change plans (one of which, Ford’s sounds suspiciously like the Austrailan reverse-tax scheme that was routinely condemned around here for being a failure).

Moe is the only premier in the three listed with net-positive approval… Higgs lost the election by seven percent and is only premier because he formed a coalition with another party. Moe’s lawsuit isn’t even arguing against the carbon tax, but merely its piecemeal implementation, probably because they know that constitutional arguments on federal taxation powers are doomed to fail.
commented 2019-03-06 22:45:54 -0500
Hey climate crazy I wish you could give me some of that heat you talk about I’m freezing my ass off . We had a real summer last year and hope we get a good warm summer this year . By the way Barbie climate change is gong to happen soon it’s called spring when the sun crosses back to our side of the equator . If the Liberals were serious about climate change and carbon they would send all the illegals back south where they would not need fossil fuel to keep them warn like here in a cold Canadian climate . The way Trudeau pisses our taxes away the last thing we should do is give him more .
commented 2019-03-06 22:30:55 -0500
Jason Kenney supports carbon taxes and climate alarmist science. The Alberta Conservatives were the first government in Canada to impose carbon taxes.
commented 2019-03-06 22:14:25 -0500
The only climate change in Canada is Trudeau getting hot under the collar as he sees a possible end to his career as messenger boy for the elite in the NWO……Trudeau, You suck and Gerald is going to miss it.
commented 2019-03-06 21:59:40 -0500
Climate Barbie – The Crazy Climate Lady. If I were the cynical type I’d think a bunch of leftist multi-billionaires have been buying politicians so they can legalize the theft of the worlds wealth through the green movement.