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Rex Murphy: Trudeau's 'brutal' attempt to use COVID to push his green agenda

The only settled and unchanging characteristic of the global warmist brigade is their overt, continuous and super-hyped hostility toward the oil and gas industry. And in no country is that hostility more manifest than in Canada.

Global Warming Inc., and all its fronts and allies, have made protesting against Canadian oil and gas its full-time occupation. They protest, blockade, clog the courts, propagandize and fundraise against Alberta oil and gas, in particular, and have done so now for three decades.

They have effectively choked the industry’s growth and have hindered the export of our great resource by halting the construction of pipelines that are needed to bring the product to markets outside Canada and the United States.

Nearly four years ago, the same global warmists received a great gift: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was then attended by his first and most significant aide and mentor, Gerald Butts, a staunch opponent of the oil and gas industry. A great part of the gift was the prime minister’s public embrace of what its advocates call “the fight against global warming.”

Trudeau tied his government to the global cause, made it the subject of boasts in international settings and has been relentless in reminding Canadians that he intends for this country “to be a leader in the fight against climate change.”

While failing to keep his promises on issues such as reconciling with Canada’s First Nations, Trudeau’s crusade to save the world from global warming through the throttling of Canada’s oil and gas industry has remained constant. He has passed legislation designed to hogtie development, and implemented new regulations that work to the same effect. We have had a useless carbon tax imposed on us from up high, without any relief, even during the COVID-19 crisis.

I would wager that there is no other government in the world, democratic or otherwise, that is so intent on doing damage to one of its country’s main industries as the Liberal government in Ottawa. This stance has reawakened Western unrest, worked a real cleavage in the federation and has left those who have lost work, or who are looking for work, in the oil and gas industry, demoralized and angry.

 For the past five months, the whole country, like the rest of the world, has endured the anxious and painful efforts to minimize the impact of COVID-19. The most radical measure in that effort — and one that, despite its hardships, was accepted with commendable unanimity by the population — was the almost total shuttering of the Canadian economy.

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