Back on September 27, 2019 a Swedish teenager, Greta Thunberg spent 15 minutes speaking with Prime Minister Trudeau and during the chat she reportedly told him; “he is not doing enough to fight climate change”! Later that day Trudeau took part in the “Global Climate Strike” in Montreal along with Greta and at some point, during the day, promised to plant 2 billion trees to help reduce global emissions, should his government be re-elected.
Well, we know they were re-elected with a minority but face no opposition on the purported upcoming pandemic, referenced as; “climate change”! The question then becomes; how’s that tree planting coming along as it’s now 17 months since your promise to Greta?
As it turns out the Ministry of Natural Resources has finally developed a questionnaire related to Trudeau’s promise. It’s a 12 page “Request for Information” which asks a series of 26 questions (some with several parts) and even includes one on your company/group’s “Diversity and Inclusion” (not sure what the latter has to do with planting trees). The deadline for submission is March 25, 2021.
It took the Ministry 17 months to develop the questionnaire but they expect responses should only take just over a month.
Perhaps Trudeau and his cabinet were far too busy working on sourcing Covid-19 vaccines (sarcasm intended) to follow up on his promise or; should it be blamed on Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change? Wilkinson included the cost ($3.16 billion) to plant those trees in his December 11, 2020 report titled “A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy”? Why so long to calculate the costs and so precise (rounding to $3.2 billion would represent less than 1.3% of the estimated total costs), with a government who have been unable to table a budget for two years?
Had Trudeau actually done some research before meeting with Greta he would have discovered a Washington Post article from 2015 contained global tree counts by country and it stated; Canada had 318.3 billion trees second only to Russia! It went on to note, “There are a whopping 8,953 trees per person in Canada” placing us # 1 In the world whereas Sweden is well down the list with only 3,200 trees per person. Had he gone further he would have also found out on another measure that Canada ranks third in “Forest area by hectares” after only Russia and Brazil.
We are # 1 in the world but Trudeau wants to up the count by another 600/700 trees per person at a cost of approximately $4,000 in additional taxes supplied by an average family of four. We should truly wonder how that in any way benefits Canada when China has only 102 trees per person and Greta (to the best of this writer’s knowledge) has not challenged them.
Canada’s Ministry of Natural Resources states Canada has 347 million hectares of forest (40% of its total land mass of 979 million hectares) and 77% of them are on Provincial Crown Land. The other issue is availability of the 1.5/2 million hectares required for the 2 billion trees! Presently that amount of land is not available! Is the plan to reclaim land currently used for agricultural purposes? Will farmers be required to allow their land to be used or acquired, at what cost recognizing that would harm our agricultural sector? One should assume the Ministry of Natural Resources has not included those costs in their estimates!
What Prime Minister Trudeau should have done is simply told the “how dare you” teenager from Sweden, she and other Swedes, should get busy planting trees! Instead, he bailed and Canadian taxpayers will wind up paying the price.
To reiterate, on behalf of all Canadians; how dare you, Prime Minister, Trudeau!