"This is a document that was written collectively," [author Naomi] Klein said, flanked by national indigenous Anglican bishop Mark MacDonald and environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki. Actor Tantoo Cardinal, author Joseph Boyden and newly crowned Mrs.Universe Ashley Callingbull were also at the press conference.
...which is good to know, because the IQ emenating from this document surely reflects some lowest common mental denominator. And its fucking out there. Among other things, it proposes a kind of Universal Law of NIMBYISM with respect to energy projects. In technical language, Klein's bunch are BANANAs. They write:
The new iron law of energy development must be: if you wouldn’t want it in your backyard, then it doesn’t belong in anyone’s backyard.
...which dictum, if ever followed, would pretty clearly result in no clean energy projects ever being built in Ontario ever again. Because its not just wind people hate; they bitch about solar, too. In fact, people will bitch about anything. Deciding a priori that all their bitches are worthy is ridiculous. The iron law also borders on rejecting the notion that a man, within a certain regulatory framework,should be able to use his property as he sees fit. That the fate of what was previously considered private land is determined...communally. Lets just put it that way: communally.
You can't really blame Tom Mulcair for this stink-bomb, though people will anyway, and he has a couple options for dealing with it. One is silence. This whole bag of silliness is an elaborate stunt by Naomi Klein on behalf of her hubby's new film at TIFF. The controversy will leave town with her and the Hollywood crowd. Or Mulcair could emulate Bill Clinton when he repudiated Sister Souljah; ie during one of his appearances Mulcair could do the rhetorical equivalent of dragging a hippy on stage and kicking them to death.