‘Climate Crusader’ tweets create their own storm
It was, declared Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna with the equivalent of a Twitter shrug, “a mistake.”
The mistake being that Canada, through her ministry, had tweeted its congratulations to Syria for signing the Paris climate accord in a Twitter account that features a smiling McKenna as its avatar.
This on the same day a United Nations investigation concluded Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government used sarin gas against his own people in Khan Shaykhun on April, 4, 2017, killing 100.
That was part of the ongoing, six-year Syrian civil war, in which 470,000 have died and 13.5 million of the country’s 22 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, including six million Syrians displaced internally and five million made refugees — 33,266 accepted by Canada in 2016 alone.
But, good job, tweeted our government through its “Minister C. McKenna @ec_minister” Twitter site, declaring: “Canada salutes Nicaragua and Syria for joining on to the Paris Agreement!Global#Cl imateAction.#COP23,” illustrated by the flags of both countries.
Within minutes, Deputy Conservative Leader Lisa Raitt tweeted back: “Hey @ec_minister – this is actually what your gov’t should be saying about Syria. Your public praise is misplaced,” citing a speech by American UN ambassador Nikki Haley to the Security Council on that same day about the use of chemical weapons in Syria by its government and ISIS.
Alberta United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney tweeted: “Trudeau Govt in one tweet. Butcher Assad: never mind that unpleasantness about gassing kids. You’ve joined us in empty virtue signalling!”
As many others, aghast at Canada’s praise for the murderous Syrian regime, took McKenna to task, her ministry deleted its pro-Syrian tweet and McKenna tweeted in response to Raitt, on her own, “Catherine McKenna @cathmckenna” account (which also features a photo of her smiling as its avatar): “Clearly a mistake was made from my Dept Twitter. We’ve been clear that the murderous Assad regime must end attacks against its people.”
Unfortunately, the impact of McKenna’s correction was diminished somewhat by the fact the pinned tweet on her personal account (one chosen by the user to be the first tweet everyone who comes to the site sees) was a picture of McKenna posing as a “Climate Crusader” in a green mask, beside Justin Trudeau as Clark Kent/Superman, with the message, “We all need to be superheros (sic) in the fight against climate change. #HappyHalloween Canada! #ClimateCrusader.”
This is aside from the fact McKenna’s account is a never-ending litany of photos of happy people and happy minister McKenna, reminding one of the satirical DPRK_News parody Twitter site, which features pictures of happy North Koreans and happy North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
The other big feature on McKenna’s personal Twitter account is never-ending happy stories about renewable energy and government programs to address climate change, so much so that you would never know the government she represents claims the world faces an imminent, existential threat from global warming in which hundreds of millions of people will soon die.
Nor that Canada won’t meet its 2020 or 2030 UN greenhouse gas reduction targets unless it buys billions of dollars worth of useless carbon offsets on fraud-ridden global carbon markets.
But hey, we can all be “superheros” (sic) in the fight against climate change.
— Lorrie Goldstein, Postmedia Network