EDITORIAL: Steven Guilbeault is just too extreme
It’s beyond alarming that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thinks it’s good for the nation to shuffle Steven Guilbeault into the position of Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
He’s a radical. Plain and simple. And that’s the last thing Canada needs right now. He’s too extreme.
The Montreal MP had already ruffled feathers during his previous cabinet position as heritage minister. It was Guilbeault who spearheaded Trudeau’s Internet censorship laws that had non-partisan experts crying foul.
”Guilbeault is fast proving to be the most toxic and divisive member of the Liberal government,” we wrote in this editorial space back in July. “Canadians need to just say no to his overreaching plans.”
Just take a look at that infamous photograph of Guilbeault offering a devilish smile as he’s taken away by police for perpetrating an illegal stunt during his Greenpeace activist days.
“Before entering politics in 2019, Guilbeault spent more than 20 years as one of the highest profile environmental activists in Quebec,” Lorne Gunter wrote in a recent column .
”He is not going to advocate for a balanced approach to economic development and environmental protection. Under Guilbeault, it is going to be all radicalism all the time, even more so than under (Catherine) McKenna and (Jonathan) Wilkinson,” Gunter continued.
That’s quite a tall order — to be more radical and more divisive than former Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who certainly knew how to rub people the wrong way.
Trudeau has already pledged to massively raise the carbon tax and to introduce a second, hidden carbon tax, by way of the Clean Fuel Standard.
How much worse can it get? Oh, it can get much worse.