The recent announcement about Gerald Butts, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, being a member of a newly created “Task Force for a Resilient Recovery”, garnered lots of media attention. Missing from most of the MSM writeups however was a key fact; Bruce Lourie, President of the Ivey Foundation helped to organize the “Task Force”! Surprisingly the CBC noted this whereas most other media outlets missed that, focusing instead, on Gerald Butts’s return to Ottawa!
Butts and Lourie were the team that brought Ontarians the GEA (Green Energy Act), responsible for doubling electricity prices in the Province and driving away businesses to other jurisdictions offering cheaper energy prices. Butts worked on the inside of the Ontario Liberal Party as Premier McGuinty’s principal advisor while Lourie “initiated the campaign to shut down coal-fired power plants ” in the province and “helped shepherd the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, one of the world’s largest conservation efforts, as well as the establishment of the Ontario Greenbelt,“. Lourie was also appointed by McGuinty as; a director of the OPA (merged with IESO), the Trillium Foundation and the Premier’s “Climate Change Advisory Board”. Eight years ago, I had occasion to write several articles related to Lourie and cobbled together a spider web showing the myriad of environmental groups he claimed he established and others where he exerted influence. A link to the article and the “spider web” can be found here!
Changing the Narrative: It is interesting to note the “Task Force” (in the announcement from the Smart Prosperity Institute,* formerly Sustainable Prosperity), claim they are “a new and independent group of finance, policy and sustainability leaders”. Also interesting is the fact they label themselves a “Task Force”! It seems to be characteristic of the “climate change” advocates to name themselves a “commission”, eg: Ecofiscal Commission) or in this case, “task force”. The former is normally used to signify a group appointed by government and the latter is frequently used by the armed forces such as NATO.
The use of the adjective “resilient” also seems to have replaced the word “sustainable”; perhaps a signal the Covid-19 pandemic and lock-down scared the renewable energy eco-warriors into thinking they may be flogging a dead horse?
The other word in the announcement catching the eye is “new”! While the “organizations” name is new, many of the members have been around for years pushing the same agenda. One of those is Stewart Elgie, Executive Chair of the Smart Prosperity Institute. Elgie is a member of the Ecofiscal Commission, Founding Executive Director of the Canadian Boreal Foundation and founder of Ecojustice, claimed as “Canada’s largest environmental law charity”! To top that off he is a Professor, Law and Economics at the University of Ottawa. Obviously being an eco-warrior can be a rewarding career!
Another striving, in a seeming effort to confuse the public, is Lourie and others will change the names of their environmental (see above name change of Sustainable Prosperity) or charitable organization(s) to avoid researchable data. In Lourie’s case they are structures he claims he founded, such as the charity, CEGN (Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network) now called, Environment Funders Canada.
It appears the Butts/Lourie connection and the relationship with Justin Trudeau also goes back in time, including a 2003 canoe trip. As noted in a 2003 article about the trip: “He (referencing Justin Trudeau) joined Herb Norwegian, Suza’ Tseto, Ed Stuzik, Gerald Butts, Bruce Lourie, and several CPAWS conservationists for the seven-day trip down the South Nahanni.”
As if to confirm the Butts/Lourie relationship a May 28, 2020 Butts tweet stated:
“@gmbutts Finally, the work we are doing under @brucelourie’s excellent leadership is a volunteer, non-partisan contribution to Canadian public policy debate. it is received in that spirit by sensible people of all political stripes who care about #ClimateChange.”
From this readers perspective it appears, Gerald Butts’s tweet is an admission Bruce Lourie is superior to him in respect to salability on the issue of “climate change”! He suggests only “sensible people” believe in the diatribe dispensed by him and the other members of the “task force”, ie; if you don’t agree you are “insensible”!**
Butts also pushes the envelope in his linkedin post suggesting he was “Principal Secretary to the Premier” from “Nov 1999—Aug 2008”! The records show Dalton McGuinty officially became Premier, October 23, 2003! The foregoing suggests someone’s records are incorrect and we should surmise it is none other than Gerald Butts! Perhaps the claim infers, from his perspective, he considers himself “resilient” even when he stretches the truth!
The opinion of most logical thinkers and scientists is; “manmade” climate change is insignificant compared to the natural forces affecting temperature changes and no matter how effective or ineffective Canada is in reducing emissions it will have minimal effect as we emit only 1.6% of all global emissions!
Mankind has been “resilient” for centuries and there is no reason Canadians should toss away our current and future economic abilities due to the preaching’s of the cabal of eco-warriors!
Let’s stay sensible and resilient for the right reasons not for the ones Butts and Lourie pronounce!
*The bulk of funders of the Smart Prosperity Institute are Federal and Provincial Ministries using taxpayer dollars as well as several charitable foundations, such as Tides Canada who support “global warming” theories.
**Oxford defines insensible as “unconscious, numb, without feeling”.