Climate Shaming Lives Here

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The guardians of climate dogma continue their noble work at the regional offices of our national broadcaster—protecting their many supplicants, i.e. Canadian taxpayers, from heresies large and small.

In the wake of an all-candidates meeting last night in the Ottawa-area riding of Carleton—where presumably any number of election-related issues were discussed—the CBC ran the headline "Carleton PC Candidate Says She Doesn't Believe Climate Change is Man-made." The candidate in question is Goldie Ghamari, a young and accomplished lawyer with the grit to say on the hustings exactly what she thinks. "I believe climate change is real," she told the crowd. "I don't believe climate change is man-made and I certainly don't believe that the people of Carleton are at fault for climate change." Another candidate in attendance reportedly said that he and his party do "believe in" man-made climate change—a doctrinal statement guaranteed to pass the the CBC's now-standard orthodoxy test.

The point is not that this or that candidate holds this or that opinion, but that the CBC should presume to act as an arbiter of moral, political or scientific truth. In today's piece, readers are told yet again that "almost all climate scientists agree that human activity is the driving force in climate change." The hyperlink provided in that sentence does not divert readers to anything even remotely scientific—in contrast with this document, for instance—but rather to this story on the colourful politics of the Paris accord.

We're in the home stretch of an election campaign in Ontario, in which the important issue of carbon taxation figures prominently. Indeed, with the clock ticking down on Kinder Morgan's May 31 deadline for the Trans Mountain pipeline extension, and with federal finance minister Bill Morneau getting the third degree on the hard costs of his government's decarbonization policies, it's probably fair to say that energy and environmental issues have not been this politically salient for a generation. CBC News has an obligation to put before Canadians information that is useful to their lives as citizens, especially during election campaigns. Mouthing the old climate-change platitudes like its 2007 just doesn't cut it—and Canadians like Goldie Ghamari know it.