Canada Rex Murphy: Trudeau and Biden double down on efforts to destroy our economy

13:50  23 november  2021
13:50  23 november  2021 Source:   nationalpost.com

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The Three Amigos?

U.S. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau converse at the White House during the North American Leaders' Summit on Nov. 18, 2021. © Provided by National Post U.S. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau converse at the White House during the North American Leaders' Summit on Nov. 18, 2021.

I beg your pardon.

Is that an appropriate nomenclature for a conclave of the three finest minds in the statesmanship of our present-day world?

What ugly slur next — the Sombrero Summit? Enough of these careless and undignified representations.

Surely a meeting between leaders of the intellectual stamina of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and particularly that giant of international understanding and competence — a Churchill for our time — U.S. President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., calls for a more dignified, respectful designation than a play on some fifth-rate movie. Shame on the news wires and networks.

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So much for the press treatment of last week’s North American Leaders’ Summit.

For Canadians the most significant outcome was the thoughtful response of President Biden to our prime minister’s concern over U.S. determination to give a most healthy direct subsidy to anyone in the United States willing to buy electric-powered vehicles. A subsidy of $12,000.

This is not small change. In fact, it’s almost half of the cost of a government jet flying one way from Ottawa to, say, Tofino, B.C. (Note: this is of course without incorporating the price of the carbon offsets for such a flight. Just how much does it cost to plant trees in Nicaragua or Botswana or wherever trees are planted to offset private jet travel? Can someone ask Elizabeth May? Or the sky-nomad David Suzuki when he’s not busy at some protest?)

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According to news reports, Trudeau was very concerned that this subsidy would kneecap the Canadian — he meant Ontarian — auto industry. I understand that kneecapping is a very harsh experience.

The American president, in his deep wisdom, would not oblige. His press secretary, Jen Psaki, noted this $12,000 would “incentivize the purchasing of electric vehicles” and poignantly added the observation, “that’s good for our climate.” For the planet. For the globe itself. A goal so co-incident with Trudeau’s own prime concern as to be perfectly indistinguishable.

Who could disagree?

I am absolutely certain that when the prime minister learned the American support for EVs was for the planet, for the globe, to ward off apocalyptic global warming, he fell immediately into hyper-enthusiastic consent.

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Now, there is a hiccup, a small belch.

If this measure cripples Ontario’s auto industry, it will displace and hurt very many hard-working Ontarians, men and women, who have been in that industry and have greatly contributed to the welfare of this country. Now all agree it is a fine thing to wreck the Canadian economy in the fight against global warming if the damage can be contained in Alberta, or Saskatchewan.

But to cripple it in a manner that touches Ontario, well that is grim beyond consideration.

So what about these workers? What about the Canadian auto industry itself, with vehicles accounting for the second largest export in this country (with most going to the U.S.).

Not to worry. We have, a gift from Gaia herself, an environment minister who once scaled the CN Tower in a protest for Greenpeace. And a prime minister who is so deeply wedded to cutting carbon emissions that, if politics allowed, he would be promoting snowboards as public transportation for all but the very elderly and those with balance problems.

He rips the snow like nobody else.

Ontario auto workers may relax. It will be but days before Trudeau and his famed abseiler, Steven Guilbeault, come up with a plan, identical to the one already in place for Alberta oil workers. It will outline “transitioning” for Ontario — a vast retraining program to take imperilled auto workers and place them in the same staggering lineup as imperilled oil workers, also about to be eliminated in pursuit of the great “build back better” new green economy.

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Imagine if you will or if you can: every oil worker in Alberta, and every worker associated with the oil industry; every auto worker in Ontario, and every worker associated with the auto industry: all corralled into building windmills and solar panels. A Canada of giant whirling blades and acres of glazed glass so piercingly reflective it blinds eagles.

It is a vision that lifts the heart. We will have — pardon the excess — windmills coming out of our ears, solar panels blistering the landscape from Labrador to the Saanich Peninsula.

Thank God for Joe Biden. It is only his so clear a mind, so progressive a spirit, that has the courage to follow global warming logic to its inevitable conclusion. He and Trudeau are really as one, even as the younger of the two may take a little time to realize that killing the Ontario auto industry — which is Biden’s goal – is a perfect reflection of the prime minister’s clear-sighted and brave determination to kill the oil industry of Alberta.

Here is a perfect symmetry. Trudeau wants to kill the oil and gas industry. Biden wants to kill our auto industry. Simpatico. They are twins.

We live in a time of great and inspired leaders. Who would crave a Lincoln or a John A. Macdonald when the world has both a Trudeau and a Biden tending to the destiny of us all?

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