“An Environment Canada press release advises that Canada will provide garden hoses to fight forest fires. The Minister of the Environment pointed out that this program will support Canadian jobs.”
No, you will not find this “Press Release” on the Environment Canada site. Or any other Government of Canada site. The Press Release is a parody of the numerous press releases that are shovelled out every week by Government Media Relations.
Environment Canada or Natural Resources press releases all extol the wonderful efforts of the Harper Government, such as its encouragement of renewable energy, Canada’s reduction of GHG or the support of other countries fighting climate change. Almost invariably there is a mention of a dollar figure that is impressive . . . . as long as you don’t compare it with the billions of dollars to repair damages resulting from Climate Change or the billions of dollars required to develop reliable alternative energy sources to fossil fuels.
Other frequent claims in Canadian Government press releases are:
- the Harper government is balancing the reduction of GHG emissions with the need to support Canada’s economy, or
- the program will produce jobs across Canada, or
- the financing of the activity is another example of Canada’s role in the fight against climate change/or maintaining the environment.