March 04, 2016

Vancouver First Ministers meeting results? Symbolic agreement but no plan

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

Late news out of Vancouver Thursday from the First Ministers meeting is that the Prime Minister and the Premiers were unable to come to a national agreement on a carbon tax or emission limits. 

Many speculated that the Trudeau government would force a deal over any protests of provinces like Saskatchewan. But, it seems Justin wasn’t able to achieve his dream and will have to settle for an expanded bureaucracy on the climate carbon file.

They did agree to have working groups look into which carbon pricing mechanism works best for each individual province’s situation. That's it. Working groups and a symbolic agreement that carbon pricing should be part of a strategy but no actual plan after three days of meetings in Vancouver.

No wonder former Prime Minister Stephen Harper wasn’t a fan of First Ministers meetings. He only held two such conferences while in office and did so only during the toughest economic conditions in recent history. He knew they were nothing more than photo ops and back patting opportunities for elite politicians.

And what about the cost? I’m sure these people booked up all the high end downtown Vancouver luxury hotel rooms as part of this 3 day boondoggle of a conference.

But, the media party loves these events. It's a chance for them to get together and admire the new government’s sunny ways, maybe land a selfie with Justin, a nice shot with beautiful Vancouver scenery in the background.

A CBC journalist tweeted that 1,000 people were in the room to hear Justin speak on the first day. I’d bet the vast majority were fawning journalists and militant NGO activists from groups like TIDES. I don’t think average Canadians were waiting to see what our new national Carbon or Climate strategy would entail.

I do think many Canadian energy workers were waiting nervously to see if Trudeau was trying to hammer another nail in their coffin.

I don’t know what went on behind the scenes but I’m pretty sure we can thank Brad Wall for leading whatever opposition there was to Justin’s attempts to force a strategy on unwilling provinces.

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commented 2016-03-06 11:24:52 -0500
Is Chris a new addition to the Rebel Family? A regular? Here’s hoping . . . . .
commented 2016-03-06 11:23:47 -0500
I doubt Tru-dough WANTS an agreement, ’cause that puts him in a position, in his mind at least, to come up with his own and force it on everyone.

What gets me is that Lefty voters never learn!! Lefty gov’s put us way deep in debt, so when Con’s next get in, any austerity measures will have to be twice as big and go on for twice as long, which they HATE!
So if you don’t want such measures in the future, if you don’t want the weight of paying down huge lines of credit – don’t wrack them up in the first place!!! Get it Lefty’s? Hello? Lefty’s? Anybody home?
commented 2016-03-05 14:42:19 -0500
Not one of them will admit that even shutting down all transportation, construction, development, exploration, that they can not possibly even come close to their emissions targets, it is not possible. And, not one of them will admit that you can not change the sun’s activities and effects on our climate with money.
commented 2016-03-05 07:37:34 -0500
Are you guys ready to be more broke than you or your parents generation remember? What a treat this is going to be. Liberal times are hard times. Except for all those thieves at the meeting. They will be living large
commented 2016-03-05 07:15:48 -0500
dark days are upon us. i’m thinking of hanging a black canadian flag on the front of the house.
commented 2016-03-05 03:28:08 -0500
Justin vs. The Donald????

I dunno, Justin’s hands look pretty small.
commented 2016-03-04 23:05:14 -0500
No, that just makes him Senior Arseole.
commented 2016-03-04 22:22:45 -0500
March 4, 2016
Dear Diary;
Lately I’ve been getting the impression that there may be some people out there who are not that happy with my sunny ways.
In my e-mail inbox I came across e-mail from someone called Dan Mancuso who gave me a bit of a performance review that didn’t show me in the good light that I’m supposed to be bathing in.
Canadian Mongrel wishes I would post on the blog section, but I’ve got some solid reasons for not doing that. I hope Mongrel understands that I try to limit my postings on only two or three articles each day.
Then there’s this other fellow, little Ronnie Christensen, who’s saying that I’m not being even remotely interesting and that I’m full of con hatred. As if I’m being paid to be interesting. Everyone knows (except little Ronnie, apparently) that what I’m getting paid for is to be shallow, self-centred, corrupt, divisive, intolerant, dishonest, condescending and of course, photogenic. And I think I’m doing just great.
As for being full of con hatred, even Gerald’s always saying that I’m full of it. Of course I hate cons Ronnie, I’m not just a liberal, I’m the liberal’s dear leader, and these cons are always criticizing me, I mean about everything. Every single thing I do or say. Every single thing I don’t do or don’t say. There’s just no pleasing them. They’re driving me up the wall.
Anyway, that’s enough about Dan and Mongrel and Ronnie; this is supposed to be all about me.
After all that, my dear readers will understand how nice it was for me to be described in The Washington Post as the “anti-Trump”. It’s very re-affirming and validating for me to know that all the people in the United States wish I was there for them, running as a Democrat, to make absolutely certain that Donald would never make it into the White House.
commented 2016-03-04 22:20:42 -0500
A lot of money wasted – it could all have been done by video conference
commented 2016-03-04 22:00:25 -0500
Hey I got an idea where they spent the money from selling our gold.
commented 2016-03-04 20:10:28 -0500
More money spent and nothing accomplished……….. Hmmmm I sense a theme here when it comes to climate change. When will Sean catch on.
commented 2016-03-04 19:57:45 -0500
I wish I could just hire a working group to do my job and use someone else’s money to pay them
commented 2016-03-04 19:35:30 -0500
“Symbolism and show. That’s what people are happy with”

Style and no substance. Sounds like an excellent description of the average leftie/socialist/Sean Penson type.
commented 2016-03-04 19:30:18 -0500
Symbolism and show. That’s what people are happy with
commented 2016-03-04 19:15:25 -0500
Really JT is this the most serious problem in our country right now? I’m up to an email a week to government officials. Pretty sure they now see my email address and trash.
commented 2016-03-04 19:04:44 -0500
Last observation, maybe: love how BC and Quebec are laughing at screwing Alberta while Alberta sits across from them not getting the joke in true blonde bimbette fashion.
commented 2016-03-04 18:58:44 -0500
Question: If Junior is a friend of Butt, does that make him a junior butt?

Enlightenment from the regressives is welcome.
commented 2016-03-04 18:55:09 -0500
Hmmmm…working groups…Orwell speak for jobs to Junior’s and Butt’s friends?
commented 2016-03-04 18:49:22 -0500
Look at all the nazi’s in one room. Hitler would be proud.
commented 2016-03-04 18:39:38 -0500
CAGW is an invalid hypothesis, so putting a “price” on carbon will do nothing to stop the global warming that stopped twenty years ago. This is simply a scheme to redistribute wealth.

Climate policy has almost nothing to do anymore with environmental protection, says the German economist and IPCC official Ottmar Edenhofer. The next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during which the distribution of the world’s resources will be negotiated. – Ottmar Edenhofer

For those who may not know, Ottmar Edenhofer is the co-chair of the IPCC Working Group III. The entire case for CAGW is based upon failed model results. Not one of the IPCC’s models has skillfully predicted climate, thus according to the scientific method. “When your prediction is wrong, your theory is wrong.”
commented 2016-03-04 18:34:05 -0500
Sounds sort of like what happened in Copenhagen for the Climate Change Summit: full of sound and fury signifying nothing.