Environment Minister Peter Kent elaborated on that in the House of Commons, saying, “the reality is that the round table was created a quarter of a century ago. It was created before the Internet, when there were few such sources of domestic, independent research and analysis on sustainable development. That is simply no longer the case. There are now any number of organizations and university-based services that provide those services...”
But then, on Monday, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird suggested that there was a different reason for defunding the round table. “They have tabled more than 10 reports encouraging a carbon tax, Mr. Speaker,” he said. “Why should taxpayers have to pay for more than 10 reports promoting a carbon tax, something that the people of Canada have repeatedly rejected? And that’s a message the Liberal party just will not accept. They should agree with Canadians. They should agree with this government. No discussion of a carbon tax that would kill and hurt Canadian families, Mr. Speaker.”The first quote is standard fare, a rational explanation to explain cutting The National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy. You hear this sort of line often from the Conservatives, a terrific distraction from the consistent pattern of "search and destroy" with regards to anything environmental. "Efficiencies", "eliminating redundancies", "belt tightening", "STREAMLINING", oh the word masters in the PMO have it covered with their vanilla terminology. Again though, if one steps back and looks at the landscape in totality, any sentient human being with an ounce of objectivity gets the true thrust.
Enter the second quote from John Baird, thank you, thank you sir. A "slip" from the Conservatives perspective, a rare moment of freaking honesty for those of us choking on naked intellectual dishonesty. Baird probably "misspoke", otherwise he clearly intimidated the NRTEE was slashed because their ideas didn't jive with that of the government's. In other words, if you don't agree with the Harper Conservatives, you are of no use to Canada as a whole, ideological purity IS the starting point, austerity a convenient shield. How dangerous is that mentality, and yet how often could your transpose what is happening to the NRTEE to other thrusts on the environment file.
There is a very clear vindictive flavour at play, this budget is a largely a fraud in terms of presentation, it really is mostly an exercise in delivering retribution to perceived opponents. Extrapolate to the CBC for instance, the same logic applies, almost perfect in its simplicity. To suggest otherwise is to be duped, or wilfully ignorant, because there is simply no doubt the NRTEE was slashed because they weren't "Conservative" enough in viewpoint, they dissented, they didn't mirror dear leader's view of the world, they were at ODDS, the horror! Think of the message this sends to other entities, the "chill", the intimidation, the climate now more resembles a "regime" than a "representative" democracy.
And now we return to manufactured talking points to mask true intentions.......