Strathmere Group Part 4 (C)

Collaboration from Eco-warriors plus Authorship of the Throne Speech?

Part 4 of this series referenced Gerald Butts and his role as one of the 15 members of the Task Force for a Resilient Recovery (TFRR).  As noted therein, TFRR released their final report “Bridge to the Future” on September 16, 2020 recommending the government commit to spending $55.4 billion over the next 5 years on “5 Bold moves” for a Resilient Recovery.

Is it truly coincidental that just one week later we were the recipients of the Throne Speech which effectively blessed TFRR’s recommendations? 

TFRR on their website state: “Funding for the initiative is provided by: The Jarislowsky Foundation, Ivey Foundation, The McConnell Foundation, The Schad Foundation, The Echo Foundation.” TFRR don’t disclose their financial resources, nor do the “Foundations” who provided funding disclose their donations.

Now a little background on the founding partners; Smart Prosperity Institute, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Insurance Bureau of Canada and the Ivey Foundation before looking at those “5 Bold moves” and how the Throne Speech responded to them!

Smart Prosperity  was formerly Sustainable Prosperity and “The Sustainable Prosperity Project (SP) was originated by law professor Stewart Elgie “.  “In early 2008 SP received $155,000 of additional funding from three Canadian Foundations, and was awarded $1.8 million over seven years by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) for the Research and Policy Network.”  It is based at the University of Ottawa. The above came from the McConnell Foundation who granted them $725K.  SSHRCC falls under the responsibility of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry in the Trudeau led government.

IISD is a registered charity and their website notes “IISD receives core and project funding support from numerous governments inside and outside Canada, United Nations agencies, foundations and the private sector.”  In a quick look at their last financial report filed on the CRA site for the year ended March 31, 2019 they generated 0.65% of their total revenue from donators requesting charitable receipts however $4,458K (17.2%) came from the Federal, Provincial and/or territorial governments and $19.8 million (76.8%) came from sources outside Canada. IISD are nothing without taxpayer support!

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). Their website notes: “​​​Established in 1964, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, auto and business insurers”.  It states: “IBC’s role is to be proactive on behalf of its members. Back on October 3, 2016 they were happy the government instituted their carbon tax and made the following claim: “Climate change has brought more rain and snow, more storms, and more flooding to almost every part of the country.”

Ivey Foundation for almost 16 years has been run by Bruce Lourie. One of the many claims in his bio is “ his leadership in the phase-out of coal-fired power plants in Ontario, the single largest climate action in North America.”  There is little doubt he worked closely with Gerald Butts to make that happen and in the May 19, 2020 announcement by the Smart Prosperity Institute on the members of TFRR Bruce Lourie’s name was on the list together with Gerald Butts and Stewart Elgie of Smart Prosperity.

TFRR’s 5 Bold Moves in the Throne Speech*:

“#1 Invest in climate resilient and energy efficient buildings”: From the Throne Speech: 

As part of its plan, the Government will: Create thousands of jobs retrofitting homes and buildings, cutting energy costs for Canadian families and businesses;”

“#2 Jumpstart Canada’s production and adoption of zero-emission vehicles”: From the Throne Speech:

 “And make zero-emissions vehicles more affordable while investing in more charging stations across the country. A good example of adapting to a carbon-neutral future is building zero-emissions vehicles and batteries. Canada has the resources – from nickel to copper – needed for these clean technologies. This– combined with Canadian expertise – is Canada’s competitive edge.”

“#3 Go big on growing Canada’s clean energy sector”: From the Throne Speech:

And support investments in renewable energy and next-generation clean energy and technology solutions. Canada cannot reach net zero without the know-how of the energy sector, and the innovative ideas of all Canadians, including people in places like British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador.”

“#4 Invest in the nature that protects and sustains us”:  From the Throne Speech:

The Government will work with municipalities as part of a new commitment to expand urban parks, so that everyone has access to green space. This will be done while protecting a quarter of Canada’s land and a quarter of Canada’s oceans in five years, and using nature-based solutions to fight climate change, including by planting two billion trees.”

“#5 Grow clean competitiveness and jobs across the Canadian economy”: From the Throne Speech:

Climate action will be a cornerstone of our plan to support and create a million jobs across the country. This is where the world is going. Global consumers and investors are demanding and rewarding climate action.”

This cabal of unelected eco-warriors have been able to usurp Canada’s taxpayers, driving the country’s economic health into a nose-dive that will exacerbate energy poverty, create unemployment as small and medium sized corporations are bankrupted.  Further unemployment will occur as large multi-national companies shutter their Canadian subsidiaries due to high energy costs.

If the foregoing was the intention of Gerald Butts, Bruce Lourie, Stewart Elgie and those in the Strathmere Group’s cabal it appears they have our “elected” representatives in the palm of their hand and wrote a good part of the Throne Speech!  These are sad times for a once great nation.    

*Please note only a few related excerpts from the Throne Speech have been included and each of those supportive to TRFF’s report and recommendations could easily be disputed with truthful facts.

Author: parkergallantenergyperspectivesblog

Retired international banker.

3 thoughts on “Strathmere Group Part 4 (C)”

  1. Excellent article, so sad but true. The “back street boys” are running the country, not elected, not accountable and without a mandate from the public. They’re basically “spit balling” with our money our children’s & grandchildren’s future.


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