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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Heather Mallick "embarrased" to be Canadian

So here's the question... will the "CANADIAN Broadcasting Corp." finally toss this woman who's "embarrassed" to be a "Canadian" out on her rear end?

I wonder how the Canadian people really feel about a CBC "journalist" insulting our nation around the world. It's one thing to say such things here at home... it's another matter entirely when you do it on the world stage... right Iggy?

It's embarrassing to be Canadian now
George Monbiot is right – Canada has become a corrupt petro-state most of us are ashamed of. But all is not lost

Heather Mallick
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 2 December 2009 13.00 GMT

George Monbiot wrote a real porcupine of a column this week, excoriating Canada on its failure to act on climate change. The headline read, "Canada's image lies in tatters. It is now to climate what Japan is to whaling."

Brilliant! Just what smug Canada needs, a real seeing-to by an environmental wise man. Monbiot, a hero of mine, had earlier written a toned-down piece for the leaden opinion page of Canada's dullest newspaper, the Globe and Mail. I wish he hadn't done that.

The headline was "Please, Canada, clean up your act." Canada was not now the "corrupt petro-state" of the Guardian piece. Monbiot in the local version seemed to treat Canada more like a student who had let not just himself down, but had brought sorrow to the entire school. Monbiot wanted to add his voice to those "pleading" with Canada's hard-right minority government to change its ways.

The fact is, there are many green and hopeful things to be salvaged from Canada's sorry situation and the wise Monbiot knows this.

Out of something as misty as mere indecision, Canadian voters have turned their country into a political freak show. Canada's Conservative government, run by an ideologue named Stephen Harper, does not represent Canadian voters on saving the air we breathe and temperatures we can cope with. When it comes to climate change, Canadians are as earnest and decent as they ever were.

Yes, Canada's record on carbon emissions is disgraceful, shameful, loathsome etc. The tar sands of northern Alberta are an international scandal. But the problem is not in a former Prius of a country turning into a Hummer. Canada's dilemma is much more interesting that that. It is the decline of a democracy (partly as its media died, thank you Conrad Black) and the descent of a nation into a political stasis, and it could happen to any country that doesn't mind the political store. What takes place when a nation can't decide on a government and lets a rightwing minority, quivering with hate, have just enough power?

Catastrophe, that's what.

Countries supposedly get the government they deserve. I'm not sure Canada deserved Harper. Canadians can agree with Judge Monbiot's assessment but ask the court to take into account our previous, as Rumpole would say.

First, no one disagrees more with Harper's refusal to slow climate change than Canadian voters. Indeed, more than three-quarters of Canadians say they are embarrassed that Canada hasn't taken an international lead on the issue, a recent poll revealed.

Even Albertans – home of the tar sands because they need the money and who is to say them nay – agree on this. Quebeckers, the sophisticates of the nation, are 86% in favour of Canada taking action. Toronto, while suffering economically, is maniacally devoted to hemp, bicycling and meticulous recycling rules. We hate green garbage incompetents. We love the Kyoto protocol, we want to prostrate ourselves in Copenhagen next month, but until we make our mind up about whether to make Michael Ignatieff prime minister, we can't.

May I humbly beg for patience with my country, which is stuck like a beaver in a dam of its own making.

Second, Canadians are still smart and decent. Only the government hews to the party line. On every issue, from abortion rights to rendition for torture to fair treatment of non-white citizens who had the temerity to take a holiday and can't come home because they lost weight and don't quite look like their passport photo, Harper is determined to turn Canada into America-lite. He doesn't mean the America of Obama. He means the America of Ronald Reagan and George Bush, with its private affluence and public squalor.

American travellers used to shove a Canadian flag on their backpack for better treatment overseas. I'm sorry that the reverse has happened and Canadians now switch the conversation to Obama as quickly as possibly before the subject of clubbing seals arises.

We have shamed our better natures. But we Canadians will rid ourselves of Harper and rise again to be the decent and intelligent nation you Brits once patronised with such delight.

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12 Comments:

  • At Wed Dec 02, 02:10:00 PM EST, Anonymous rightful said…

    so - how is it going with that, Heather, in ridding Canada of Stphen Harper ? - a tad low in the polls would you not say ? - a befuddled opposition you say ? Hmmm....seems Canadians are beginning to get it, and will sweep you leftist, hate-filled Canada bashers into the trash can - not soon enough

     
  • At Wed Dec 02, 02:13:00 PM EST, Anonymous FredR said…

    Heather, please donate your carbon to the nearest sodden and starving polar bear. The world will be a better place for it.

     
  • At Wed Dec 02, 02:22:00 PM EST, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    That's not very nice FredR... despite what we may think of their ideology, there's no need to stoop to their hate-spewing level.

     
  • At Wed Dec 02, 02:43:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It is unfortunate that a journalist could hate her country that much. She quite simply displays what she claims to hate.That is intolerance and cowardice.

     
  • At Wed Dec 02, 03:37:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Embarassed to be Canadian?? I have never been so proud to be Canadian Ms Mallick, we have a P M Stephen Harper that "gets it" He stands tall on the world stage. He has backed the brave men and women that are doing the heavy lifting in Afganistan. He has done amazing well with a minority government.
    If he does not believe in unicorns,does not believe everything he sees in Hollywood crockumentaries such as Al Gores enviro-fantasy I am O K with that. Events that show the so-called scientists cooked the facts with a TRICK, they should all go to jail for fraud. The big tip-off for me Heather was when they stated "the science is in, discussion is over" Real Science is always in a state of flux as new things, ideas, come forward in a healthy atmosphere of mutual respect and learning.
    As for lowering our "consumtion" of energy, food, why are the self proclaimed "Gurus" of the enviromental movement such gluttons, multiple mansions, private jets etc? One would think they would set an example by living simply and donating to the movement, not their own tax-dodge organizations. your emperors have no clothes Heather.
    Cheers Bubba

     
  • At Wed Dec 02, 04:56:00 PM EST, Blogger Alberta Girl said…

    I am embarrassed that Heather Mallick is Canadian too.

     
  • At Wed Dec 02, 05:43:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Most Canadian not on the far left have been demanding that our left-plunging Prime Minister sell this useless organization rather than increase its budget each year, thereby wasting more tax dollars. If the PM and Comrade James Moore eliminated this irrelevant national embarrassment Canadians would see $1.2 billion of otherwise squandered tax dollars materialize in their personal bank accounts annually.

    If Canada had a legitimate, small-c fisca l conservative Prime Minister and/or Heritage Minister, they would eradicate the complete far-left bias CBC TV and its equally pathetic ca lly hopeless radio network.

    In an age of numerous Canadian television and radio networks, satellite networks, and of course the Internet, there is no longer any requisite for a government-owned, and tax payers paid for, TV and/or radio network; especially one ran by left-wing affirmative action bimbos and watched/ listened to mostly by the far-left, but paid for my people who actually work for a living and pay taxes.

    If Harper was a genuine small-c fiscal conservative he would immediately eradicate it, change it to a private pay for view, or sell the complete far-left bias CBC embarrassment and force the bimbos to get a real job.

    ---machiavelli

     
  • At Wed Dec 02, 07:14:00 PM EST, Blogger West Coast Teddi said…

    "We have shamed our better natures. But we Canadians will rid ourselves of Harper and rise again to be the decent and intelligent nation you Brits once patronised with such delight."

    And they the country of ClimateGate and the fraud that they have perpetrated upon the world. Give me MY Canada any day.

     
  • At Wed Dec 02, 09:33:00 PM EST, Blogger trebmald said…

    Heather Mallick should renounce her citizenship. We proud Canadians won't miss the like of her.

     
  • At Thu Dec 03, 09:32:00 AM EST, Blogger The Christian Heretic said…

    I see no reason why one shouldn't be able to criticize their country's problems publicly, nor any reason not to admit embarrassment over their country's policies publicly if it's truly how they feel. If someone is so sensitive that they feel nobody should be able to criticize their country then their identity might be a little too wrapped up in their nation to be healthy.

     
  • At Thu Dec 03, 05:19:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    West Coast Teddi:

    I find the "climate gate" thing overblown. It only really proves that climate change is a hoax if that's what you thought, or were inclined to think, all along.

    That there are greenhouse gases, that CO2 is a greenhouse gas, and that, all other things being equal, the more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the warmer the atmosphere will be, is something that we have known for over 100 years. It was not and should not be controversial. (The complications come with the details, since all things are not equal, and there are all sorts of complex feedback mechanisms, and so on).

    I would be interesting to look at media records over the last 100 years and see how "controversial" CO2 has been. I get the impression that people only recently have started denying that it warms the atmosphere. (I acknowledge that even many/most "Deniers" do not say this).

    I think this illustrates a point made by Hobbes:

    "[T]he doctrine of right and wrong is perpetually disputed, both by the pen and the sword; whereas the doctrine of lines and figures is not so, because men care not, in that subject, what be truth, as a thing that crosses no man's ambition, profit or lust. For I doubt not but if it had been a thing contrary to any man's right of dominion or to the interest of men that have dominion, that the three angles of a triangle should be equal to two angles of a square, that doctrine should have been, if not disputed, yet by the burning of all books of geometry, suppressed, as far as he whom it concerned was able."

     
  • At Thu Dec 03, 09:41:00 PM EST, Blogger trebmald said…

    It's one thing to be disgusted or embarrassed with the current government, it's another to state that you're embarrassed to be a Canadian. My family has served this country since the First World War. We have done this because of our belief in Canadian values and a love for our country. Yes, everyone of us has spoken of some sort of displeasure with the various dimwits who have run our country. Not once would I imagine saying that I was embarrassed to be a Canadian.

     

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