Making a buck and turning a blind eye

So it’s OK for John Baird to “quietly” allow Canadian gun dealers to sell fully automatic assault weapons, banned in Canada, to Colombians (Canada Opens Colombia to Gun Sellers — story in Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal, Jan 3, 2013). It’s OK for Canada to contribute to mayhem in far-off places, as long as there’s a buck to be made at home. I’m guessing we’re already selling these Newtown specials to certain gun-happy Americans.

So it’s OK to step up our exports of coal to China (Canadian Coal Mining Plans Worry U.S. Officials — story Dec. 23) while professing to be serious about reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions. It’s OK for Canada to outsource our pollution to other countries like China, where they will produce tonnes of “stuff” for junk-happy, largely North American consumers, and pretend we had nothing to do with the pollution associated with it. (Oh, right, I forgot. We’re in the no-peeing part of the pool.)

It’s OK that British Columbia’s heavily coal-mined Elk River waters — with high levels of toxic selenium bio-accumulating in fish, and up to 1,000 times the nitrogen and phosphorus found in neighboring un-mined watersheds — are emptying into U.S. lakes and rivers.

Seems like in Canada making a big buck and turning a blind eye go hand in hand. (Think asbestos, coal, guns, bitumen, etc). Small wonder that Canada’s credibility on the world stage continues to take hit after hit.

Scott Harris