Stephen Harper: “ Don’t Indulge Non-Scientific Theories”

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a rare interview given to his favourite media outlet the CBC, invoked the role of science when it came to the excellent initiative on maternal , newborn and child health this past week.

 

“It’s hard for me not to get very emotional about this because we know, we scientifically know, what vaccinations and immunizations have done for us, personally, in our generation and for generations after us.”

 

The World Health Organization, estimates 1.5 million children under the age of 5 die each year from diseases that could be avoided with vaccinations, including polio and pneumonia.

 

It turns out that some Canadians who apparently get their health info from the internet are not vaccinating their children. There has been an outbreak of measles in a few areas. An area in BC reported 400 kids affected with the disease.

 

The Prime Minister’s advice to fellow Canadians :

 

“Don’t indulge your theories, think of your children and listen to the experts,” he said.

 

This brought a roar of laughter around the famous Craic club in Toronto’s east end.

 

The reason was obvious. Harper is one of the world’s ecological scofflaws with his embarrassing support of the environmentally massively  damaging Alberta tar sands and his government’s retrograde performance in curbing CO2 emissions.The experts Harper invoked have issued repeated alarms over the looming disaster of climate change. Harper charges full speed ahead as one of the worst offenders . He appears not to be taking his own advice of “think of your children.”

 

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In the same week as Harper’s howler, Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu appearing at a conference in Fort McMurray stated the obvious. He urged Canada to give up on industrial projects that unleash more carbon into the atmosphere, which exacerbates climate change.

 

“Only those who don’t want to listen, only those who want to be blind can’t see that we are sitting on a powder keg,” he said, according to the Canadian Press. “If we don’t do something urgently, quickly, we won’t have a world.”

 

“The oil sands are emblematic of an era of high carbon and high risk fuels that must end if we are committed to a safer climate,” he wrote. “Oil sands development not only devastates our shared climate, it is also stripping away the rights of First Nations and affected communities to protect their children, land and water from being poisoned.”

 

For  Bishop Tutu human stewardship of the natural world involves “a responsibility that begins with God commanding the first human inhabitants of the garden of Eden ‘to till it and keep it’. To keep it; not to abuse it, not to destroy it.”

 

 

As PM Harper said “Don’t indulge your theories, think of your children and listen to the experts,” he said.

 

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5 Comments »

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    Reblogged this on allanbaker and commented:
    Harper touts the value of scientific evidence.

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    mushafta Says:

    An Anglican South African bishop upstages the entire Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops as well as the popular Pope Francis!

    Pius meaningless words don’t do it as much as Tutu’s visit to the Natives and the tar sands. Greed and irresponsibility will be the legacy of the oil companies and The worn out Harper government whose moral imperative is to please the Conservative base’s collection of social and fiscal neanderthals hell bent on jobs and the economy and looking away on the greatest moral issue of the day- climate change. Not even the Great Flood of ’13 in Alberta’s land of political dinosaurs will deter this monster from his goal.

    Joe Oliver, Stephen Harper, high ranking Canadian Catholic prelates- so infinitely owned by the financial dependence of dirty oil money.

    Why does it take an African developing country’s Anglican bishop to point out the beam in our own irresponsible ecologically embarrassing moral eye and here in Canada Catholic prelates are barely visible?

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    mushafta Says:

    I find it more than remarkably interesting that following Bishop Luc Bouchard’s condemnation of the Tar Sands where at that time Ft Mac was under his diocese- he took much flack from the media.

    Pope Benedict a short time later appointed him to a small diocese in Quebec where he has since remained quiet.

    What’s interesting is the fact the collegial body of Canadian Catholic bishops have yet to rally round this all important moral issue and even collegially make a press conference from this site. Sort of tells you where priorities lie.

    What was it about Catherine Doherty’s slap in the face to Cardinal Spellman who at that time needed to get his mortgage paid on Fordham University? Racial injustice was just as morally ok then as it is now with climate change. Mortgages first- don’t rock the boat! That’s not what your red robes are used for!

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    One problem is that we rely on such projects for economic growth. It’s like towns who welcome WalMart, notoriously anti union, and are happy to get Burger King, McDonalds, Subway and other fastfood places (at least Subway is not greasy), all close to schools, as in our community? People say well, it’s jobs for young people, etc, but we really need a better way to create employment….


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