It’s been a tough go lately for Catherine McKenna, Canada’s shouty minister of — this makes me laugh — Environment and Climate Change. Or, as she says, with a straight face, "the minister in charge of the weather."
Imagine having a staff of 24 people working on her Twitter communications, and not one of them saying, um, boss, it’s a bit off.
She’s had a tough go of it lately, as voters in province after province have kicked out governments that supported Trudeau’s carbon tax, and have voted in governments that vigorously oppose them. The latest of course being Jason Kenney in Alberta; but Doug Ford before that, and even the Atlantic provinces.
The Liberals are behind in the polls. Her party’s going to lose office if this keeps up.
Maybe that’s the time to do less, step away from the Twitter a bit.
McKenna went to a bar in St. John's, got drunk, started shouting, and admitted she just shouts and repeats things because she thinks people will believe her if she does that enough.
That video was trounced online; editorials were written about it; it was proof that the government was not only unserious, and that McKenna was unserious, but that even they didn’t believe their own lines.
So she deleted that video, but did an interview with CBC trying to drum up sympathy. She was almost crying because she found a tweet, somewhere on the Internet, that was mean to her.
How do you top all that?
Well, you need some help from a foreign country: The Philippines.
TONIGHT I'll talk about her reaction to the news that the Philippines is sending back the tons of our filthy, unrecyclable garbage (including adult diapers) back to Canada.
You'd think our Environment Minister would be mortified. But here's what McKenna tweeted:
Anchors aweigh! The containers of garbage have departed the Philippines and will arrive in Canada in four weeks — where the waste will be turned into energy that'll power homes in British Columbia.
She’s… excited? She’s… happy? She’s… boasting?
So burning diapers will power homes in Canada, will it?
This weirdo is banning ships that would export ethical oil to Asia. But she’s giddy about welcoming ships bringing toxic garbage back to Canada?
Catherine McKenna is the most gaffe-prone cabinet minister in Ottawa. And — my favourite part is: she just won’t stop...
NEXT: Edmonton Sun columnist Lorne Gunter joins me to talk about this mess, and about the scrapping of the carbon tax in Alberta.
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