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The ugly side of climate change denial may lead to violence

By Phil Gurski      

But what if all this concern over the fate of the planet were to lead to an equally worrisome yet opposite wave of violence? By this I mean a reactionary kind of violent action by those who not only deny that we are in the midst of environmental catastrophe but who want to shut up those ringing the alarm bells. Is this far-fetched? Not necessarily.

Liberal MP Catherine McKenna, pictured on Oct. 24, 2019, speaking to reporters about the vulgar slur spray-painted on her campaign office door, three after getting re-elected. The former federal environment minister is now the minister of infrastructure. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
OTTAWA—Is it possible that some who are not convinced climate change is real could become extremists?

They say all is fair in love and politics. And if recent elections in Canada are any indication, it sure is nasty out there. I am neither a political junkie nor a historian so I can’t tell whether it is worse today than in the past, but I can tell you for sure that I have no desire to subject myself to that kind of scrutiny or attack.

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Platform costing measure gets nod, but fixes for getting info needed, says PBO

News|By Palak Mangat 4:03 PM ET
'Different leadership could have decided that ‘no, we won’t collaborate with you, because we don’t have to under the legislation,’ says Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. 'We want legislation to be clarified.'

Rookie MPs get crash course on life in ‘Ottawa bubble’

News|By Beatrice Paez 5:39 PM ET
Learn to reach across party lines for relationships and resist sticking to talking points, new MPs told at a Carleton University-hosted orientation event.

Iranian investigator into downed Flight 752 should be replaced due to past, says former Liberal justice minister

News|By Neil Moss
Iran's chief justice Ebrahim Raisi was part of a 'death commission' in 1988, during a period of political repression which saw thousands of dissidents executed.

Lingering Phoenix issues ‘no surprise’ to union leaders, as annual survey shows increase in pay problems

News|By Mike Lapointe
The 2019 federal budget allocated $523.3-million over five years, starting in 2019–20, to 'ensure that adequate resources are dedicated to addressing pay issues,' according to PSPC.

Senate should be ‘very careful’ of widespread rule changes and ‘unintended consequences,’ says retiring Sen. Day

From a boyhood dream of holding the country’s top political office to almost 20 years in the Red Chamber, retiring Sen. Joseph Day reflects on his parliamentary career.

Agriculture Minister Bibeau was the most-lobbied MP in 2019

In an election year, lobbying activity dropped by 30 per cent compared to 2018.

No more shush deals: Senators ready to press for accountability, harassment reforms once Parliament returns

A Senate subcommittee approved a new policy for dealing with harassment in the Red Chamber before Christmas.

‘There’s a risk of excessive polarization of the party’: Harper’s interference in Conservative leadership dividing Conservatives

News|By Abbas Rana
Some Conservatives say Stephen Harper is certainly entitled to his opinion, but others say he should stay out of this critical leadership race.

Reboot of Trudeau ‘from sunny to serious’ a recognition Canadians want a serious prime minister, say politicos

News|By Abbas Rana
‘It's almost like we're seeing a new prime minister,’ says Jennifer Stewart, CEO Of Syntax Strategies.
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