ARE CANADA'S CONSERVATIVES FLYING A TRIAL BALLOON ON CLIMATE CHANGE?

January 8, 2014: "Conservative MP Braid must learn from real scientists before speaking out on climate change", by Tom Harris, published in Canada Free Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

"Appearing on CBC News Network's Power and Politics on Monday, Conservative MP (Kitchener-Waterloo) and Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities, Peter Braid linked recent extreme weather events to climate change. This was a serious mistake.

"Climate change has little if anything to do with recent extreme weather. This is one of the few areas of agreement between the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC)."

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Question to ponder: Mr. Braid's confidence in his support of a climate change/recent extreme weather link, and the tepid response of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to his remarks, leads one to wonder if the Government is flying a trial balloon to see if there is a significant political downside to supporting the climate scare. They know that speaking against climatism gets their MPs in instant trouble with alarmists so they will not currently do this. If making statements in support of the scare does not result in serious complaints from climate realists (and of course gets instant support of climate campaigners), then the PMO may conclude that, like Danielle Smith of Alberta's Wild Rose Party (the current opposition in the province), it is politically expedient to change their messaging going into the next election to expand the potential tent of Conservative Party of Canada supporters. This suggests that climate realists need to loudly object to Mr. Braid's capitulation to climate alarmism. Otherwise, other MPs may soon follow and an overall change in government messaging may ensue.

Even if Mr. Braid's remarks are not representative of a government testing the waters for a change in communications strategy, it needs to be made clear to other MPs who may be tempted to support the scare that there is a political price to pay if they copy Mr. Braid's approach.

Here are some relevant contacts:

Peter Braid, Conservative MP (Kitchener-Waterloo) and Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Prime Minister Steven Harper: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

Canada's Minister of the Environment, Leona Aglukkaq: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it