Oh, Canada: 5 Reasons Canada’s Prime Minister is Bad News for the Arctic

This is a guest post from Patrick Bonin and was originally posted at Greenpeace Canada.

In six short years, ‘The Harper Government’ (TM) has taken us from hockey, maple syrup and Mounties to pipelines, tar sands and climate change denial. This government has wreaked havoc on the Canadian environment, and now they’re pushing their dirty oil-pushing agenda on the Arctic Council.

Canada started the Arctic Council in 1996 with our fellow Arctic nations as a forum for cooperation and environmental protection. Fast forward to 2013, where rather than take our melting Arctic and climate change seriously, Canada becomes the chair of the Arctic Council and promotes more climate-changing, dangerous offshore oil drilling in the Arctic.

If you’re wondering what the next two years of Arctic †’cooperation and protection’ might look like, let’s look at the 5 ways the Harper government is eroding any climate-saving progress.

1) †Climate change, schmimate change
As one of the world’s top ten carbon emitters, Canada has undermined international agreements and negotiations, even national policies in the US and Europe – bringing home the “Fossil of the Year” six years in a row. Our Natural Resources Minister / in-house climate denier, Joe Oliver, has questioned climate science itself, saying “I think that people aren’t as worried as they were before about global warming of two degrees… Scientists have recently told us that our fears (on climate change) are exaggerated.” His source: Fox News.

2) Yay, carbon! Boo, renewables!
Canada gives away $1.3 billion dollars a year to to the world’s most profitable companies (guess who!) and cut support for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Suck on that, solar panels!

3) Anything you want, Big Oil
The Harper government wants oil companies to like it so much, that it is removing anything that even looks like a rule or a study that could get in the way of oil development. These include pesky environmental assessments and annoying regulations that protect rivers, lakes and streams.

4) Down with climate science, up with political science
Government climate scientists and researchers may only speak when spoken to, and even then it’s only with comments vetted by the government. Funding to environmental research and departments has been slashed

5) Questions = terrorism
Environmental organizations that dare question the all-knowing brilliance of the oil industry have been labelled radicals, extremists and terrorists.

It’s all part of a pattern of disturbing, anti-democratic tactics by this government to erode regulations, rights and research that get in the way of Big Oil and their short-sighted profits. These tactics fly in the face of the strong majority of Canadians who want climate-saving regulations and standards from this government.

Want to do something about it?

Tell the Harper government that the world won’t let them bring Big Oil to the Arctic Council table without a fight.


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Photo courtesy of Greenpeace Canada.

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Bret Stockton
Bret Stockton2 years ago

Brought to you by the same government that sponsors the annual, brutal seal slaughter. Let's not forget that they just recently fought for and won at CITES the right to continue to hunt polar bears for trophies. Disgusting!

Carrie-Anne Brown

signed, thanks for sharing :)


Shame on Canada

Dale O.

One can only hope, Mary B...one can only hope! However, Harper and company does has a lot of slither power.

Joan Janzen
Joan Janzen2 years ago

Harper and his death squads are the biggest screw-ups ever.

Dale O.

Author! Author! Encore! Take a bow! Just love that "In six short years...the "Harper Government' (TM)!" The polar bear certainly expresses the emotions (okay, for purists I am being anthropomorphic here) that many Canadians have when it comes to Harperitis which the country is presently infected with. The cure comes with the next federal election...assuming we survive that long. Plagues can be a threat to one's existence. That and Monsanto.

Dale O.

Careful of the hyperbole, Terrie Lynn B when you say: "I often wonder if Harper is Hitler reincarnated." Forgive me all, for I have sinned saying a few words in its defence...but Harper is a toad (okay...sorry all toads, I take that back...low life, a power hungry, dictatorial but not yet fascist (our trains don't always run on time and no, there are no emaciated bodies of genocide victims in heaps piled sky high after being gassed to death) politician that wasn't even elected by the majority but we don't have proportional representation...so we are stuck with him til the next election.

Lynda Paradis
Lynda Paradis2 years ago

The government seems to be too busy padding their expense accounts . to focus on the business at hand. When are we, as electors , going to hold our representatives accountable .When in session parliament seems to be spending too much time bashing the opposing party, and too little time working together to protect this beautiful land for our children .

Marla G.
M G.2 years ago

this makes me sad...

Anna Undebeck
Anna Undebeck2 years ago

Sad reading:/