July 6, 2022

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Stockholm Syndrome refers to the tendency of hostages who have shared their prisoner life for a long time to sympathize with them and adopt their point of view.

The phrase came to mind when I read that Federal Environment Minister Steven Gilbelt attended events marking the 50th anniversary in Sweden.E Anniversary of the important United Nations Conference on the Human Environment.

The conference, held in Stockholm in 1972, marked the world’s first attempt to tackle environmental issues and ushered in a new era.

Steven Gilbelt’s decision to approve the massive Bay du Nord oil project off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador contrasts with his record of brilliant environmental activism and once again undermines Canada’s credibility in the fight against sustainable development and climate change.

The subject of choice

The question arises: does Steven Gilbelt have a choice? His priority is to please his jailers but the answer is no.

In the field of regulatory theory, we will talk Control abstraction. This phrase describes the situation where the person (or organization) who is supposed to protect us spends most of his time with those he controls, and he begins to think like them.

Last in class

In Canada, we emit more greenhouse gases (GHGs) per person than in any other country in the world.

Canada was also the first country to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol. Liberals may blame the Conservatives, but their record is just as bad.

The Liberals never planned to meet with Kyoto and later agreed that their signing was a sign of political dialogue in the country.

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We have the worst record in the G7 countries since the signing of the Paris Agreement. Upon his return from Paris, Trudeau … followed the plan of Stephen Harper (and that too … he did not respect it).

United Nations Advocate

In the same week that the United Nations appealed to the nations of the world to abandon all new fossil fuel extraction projects, Gilbelt did two things: he presented a major plan to reduce GHGs and approved a massive new project to extract fossil energy.

Gilbelt rightly argued that his plan was ambitious. The problem is that the government will change in the coming years. Much of this plan, which is to take place over thirty years, remains a dead letter.

The disaster is that the new oil will continue to burn.

Pinocchio Syndrome

When Steven Gilbelt announced himself as a Liberal candidate, I attended the event. Justin Trudeau knew he had hit a good shot. That is before the 2019 election.

Supporters of Gilbelt suggested that he would become the new environment minister. Unfortunately, Trudeau had him around for two years as Minister of Heritage. After the 2021 election, Steven Gilbelt was finally appointed Minister of the Environment and all hopes will be granted.

Unfortunately for him, with Justin Trudeau, Steven Gilbelt had to be careful not only about Stockholm Syndrome, but also about “Pinocchio Syndrome”.