Citizen Action Monitor

PM Trudeau has an enormous capacity for doublespeak, spouting hypocritical, ahistorical fallacies

With actions that speak louder than words, he has joined world leaders who pay lip service to indigenous concerns, ecological impacts, and climate science.

No 2418 Posted by fw, January 16, 2019

Kenn Orphan

“On January 7, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) swept into a non-violent checkpoint set up by the Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. Fourteen people were violently arrested in the ambush by the militarized colonial forces. The camp was set up by hereditary leaders to defend the ancestral lands of the Unist’ot’en and other clans from the unwanted incursions of TransCanada and its Coastal Gaslink pipeline. Following the incident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had the temerity to extol the neoliberal scheme behind the incident as something that is good for the earth. In a speech to supporters he said: ‘We moved forward on the LNG Canada project, which is the largest private sector investment in Canada’s history, $40-billion, which is going to produce Canadian LNG that will supplant coal in Asia as a power source and do much for the environment.’” —Kenn Orphan

Kenn Orphan is an artist, sociologist, radical nature lover and weary, but committed activist. He can be reached at kennorphan.com.

Below is my slightly abridged repost of Kenn Orphan’s short article, along with my added subheadings and text highlighting. As well, I have reformatted the content by subdividing long paragraphs into shorter ones to emphasize main ideas with sub-headings. I have also added links to two related articles which underscore the PM’s seeming inability to be self-critical, self-aware.

To read Orphan’s piece on his website, click on the following linked title.

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The Tears of Justin Trudeau by Kenn Orphan, kennorphan.com, January 14, 2019

[This article also appeared in CounterPunch.]

Trudeau defends RCMP’s violent raid on non-violent checkpoint of indigenous clans

On January 7, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) swept into a non-violent checkpoint set up by the Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. Fourteen people were violently arrested in the ambush by the militarized colonial forces. The camp was set up by hereditary leaders to defend the ancestral lands of the Unist’ot’en and other clans from the unwanted incursions of TransCanada and its Coastal Gaslink pipeline.

He initially sidestepped the issue by extolling economic and environmental benefits of LNG project 

Following the incident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had the temerity to extol the neoliberal scheme behind the incident as something that is good for the earth. In a speech to supporters he said: “We moved forward on the LNG Canada project, which is the largest private sector investment in Canada’s history, $40-billion, which is going to produce Canadian LNG that will supplant coal in Asia as a power source and do much for the environment.

Later he defended the arrests, by spouting “hypocritical, ahistorical fallacies” that fly in the face of reality

After being pressed in a radio interview about the brutal raid Trudeau said of the arrests that it is “not an ideal situation, but at the same time, we’re also a country of the rule of law.” Apparently he does not consider Article 10 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to be law. It states: “Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their land or territories.” It may be difficult for ordinary people to choke out hypocritical, ahistorical fallacies without missing a beat, but the Prime Minister has a gift for spouting empty platitudes that fly in the face of reality and he isn’t alone.

There is something familiar about Trudeau’s lamentation on this situation as well as his appeal for the rule of law. This is because neoliberal leaders around the world have used similar justifications for the violence of the corporate state.

Although Trudeau brands himself as “a leader on reconciliation”, “his true allegiance is to the corporate state”

And while Trudeau has attempted to brand himself a leader on reconciliation with First Nations and for addressing climate change he has demonstrated time after time his true allegiance is to the corporate state. Last year he pledged 4.5 billion dollars of tax payer money to purchase the controversial, badly aging and perpetually leaking Kinder Morgan pipeline from the Alberta Tar Sands to BC.

With actions that speak louder than words, Trudeau has joined world leaders who pay lip service to indigenous concerns, ecological impacts, and climate science

Protests and a court decision have stymied this for the moment, but in taking this action he has joined a cadre of world leaders who only pay lip service to indigenous concerns, ecological impacts and the science of climate change while steamrolling ahead toward a dystopic future.

Ultimately, Trudeau does the bidding of the fossil fuel industry

Of course like any neoliberal politician Trudeau ultimately does the bidding of the fossil fuel industry which works tirelessly behind the scenes writing and directing policy, like the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) who has an army of lobbyists that outnumber any other group in Ottawa.

Canada is no leader when it comes to indigenous rights, protection of the environment and climate change

Like the US, Canada is a settler colonial state founded upon the expulsion, ethnic cleansing and cultural genocide of its indigenous population. Its history is drenched in the blood of broken treaties with First Nations and tainted by the cruelties meted out over decades to the present day against indigenous children. And while Canada may now possess more progressive domestic policies than its ruthless neighbor to the south, it is a fallacy that it is a leader when it comes to indigenous rights, protection of the environment and climate change.

Trudeau has fashioned himself as the charming, boyish face that hides the hideousness of the Tar Sands

One look at the Tar Sands is a testament to this. Bigger in area than England, it is the third largest reserve of oil on the planet. So it is of little surprise that those who profit from them the most have enormous sway in the Canadian political process. In addition to their tremendous greenhouse gas emissions the Tar Sands also use gargantuan amounts of fresh water creating massive lakes of poisonous effluent while belching out tons of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere. Great swaths of forest and wetlands have been decimated creating a new cancer alley mainly afflicting First Nations in the region. In short, it is a lethal, festering and human inflicted wound on the skin of the earth, so big that it can be seen from space. And Trudeau has fashioned himself to be the charming, boyish face that hides all its hideousness.

PM Trudeau possesses an enormous capacity for doublespeak, who sheds tears for Canada’s past crimes

Trudeau, like Macron or Merkel, possesses an enormous capacity for doublespeak. He is well known for shedding tears for Canada’s crimes of the past on more than one occasion. Sometimes he genuinely appears to care for people and the environment. Barrack Obama had this gift too. And when comparing actions and policies to words it is easily demonstrated as a trick of optics and branding.

No tears now will obscure the harm he is doing to indigenous people, democracy and the biosphere

The incident at the Unist’ot’en camp last week may not become Trudeau’s Standing Rock, but it certainly echoes it. The image of tanks, attack dogs and heavily armed police raining tear gas down and firing water cannons at unarmed Native Americans must certainly be in the back of his mind. But no matter what he is thinking, no tears he sheds now will obscure his role in defending an economic and political order that has maintained merciless colonialism, is ravaging the very foundations of democracy and may very well drive the biosphere toward its full scale collapse.

SEE ALSO

PM Trudeau displays inability to be self-critical, self-aware in CBC News interview : PM’s answer to question, “Do you practice what you preach?” reveals he’s inclined to fault others for behaviours he himself exhibits. Posted December 14, 2018

79 articles expose risks of trusting Ottawa’s handling of the economy/environment/climate file : Read ‘em and weep! — broken promises, lies, question-dodging, blaming, ignorance, cooking the books, and much, much more.

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