Orwellian: Canada now investigates ‘climate denial’

It’s like something out of George Orwell’s 1984.

Canada’s Competition Bureau, an arm’s length agency funded by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to the tune of almost $50 million annually, investigated three organizations accused of denying mainstream climate science for over a year, following a complaint from an environmental group.

The Bureau discontinued its 14-month probe in June, citing “available evidence, the assessment of the facts in this case, and to ensure the effective allocation of limited resources”, according to Josephine A.L. Palumbo, Deputy Commissioner of Competition, Deceptive Marketing Practices Directorate.

But it will reopen its investigation should it receive relevant new information from the public.

The complaint was filed by Ecojustice on behalf of six “prominent” Canadians, including former Ontario NDP leader and UN ambassador Stephen Lewis.

It accused three groups, Friends of Science, the International Climate Science Coalition, and the Heartland Institute of making false and misleading claims about climate change, including that the sun is the main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide, and that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.

When it launched its complaint in December 2015, Ecojustice told the National Observer it would press the Commissioner of Competition to refer the matter to the Attorney-General of Canada for “criminal charges against the denier groups”.

In response to the Competition Bureau discontinuing its probe, Calgary-based Friends of Science said on its blog that: “The Competition Bureau is a very important enforcement agency. We regret that any of their time had to be wasted on this matter. We are not a commercial entity, we do not have federal lobbyists, we are not tax-subsidized as environmental charities are, we do not represent any industry. We only present the professional insights and expertise of our core team and represent the views of our individual members (not corporations). The typical process for Competition Bureau inquiries is confidential; Ecojustice appeared to use this call for an inquiry to grandstand.”

In May 2015, Advertising Standards Canada, a voluntary industry group that does not enforce its decisions other than through public suasion ruled, following 96 public complaints, that two Friends of Science billboards in Montreal stating: “The Sun is the Main Driver of Climate Change. Not You. Not CO2” contained, “categorical and unequivocal claims … (that) could not be supported by the preponderance of current evidence on the matters in dispute … (and) omitted relevant information, namely that a number of factors have led to climate change, of which the sun is just one.”

As someone who has written extensively on climate change for a decade, my view is that all of this is madness. We are entering into dangerous territory, a fundamental attack on free speech.

If we’re going to use agencies of the federal government to investigate and even prosecute “climate deniers”, for making “false and misleading claims” then let’s damn well do the same for “climate alarmists”, who do the same thing all the time.

I read and hear politicians making “false and misleading claims” about climate change almost daily, particularly with regard to what federal and provincial carbon pricing schemes will actually accomplish, as opposed to what our governments are claiming they will accomplish.

But the way to decide these issues is through public debate, not running to an agency of the federal government to shut up people we disagree with, particularly a government that itself makes false and misleading claims about man-made climate change all the time.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    I’m glad i dont live in canada their P.M. is a little hitler and their goverments gone bats in the bellfree i mean Global Warming/Climate Change is being used by the U.N. and the CFR and other leftists to bring about the New World Order(NWO)and just imagine going to prison for rejecting this Global Warming/Climate Change poppycock

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      Sonnyhill

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      But you can stomach California?
      California is a contagion.

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    amirlach

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    Define “mainstream climate science”. For example all of the climate science that has yet to make even a single skillful prediction? Or do they include all of the Peer Reviewed science that refutes the failed CAGW “hypothesis”?
    http://www.populartechnology.net/2009/10/peer-reviewed-papers-supporting.html

    Science does not work by majority votes, sorry losers. Besides, Canada has this thing where the Truth is a defence. Just ask Mr. Fraudy Pants. After dragging his case against Tim Ball out for years, he has yet to hand over is data and methods. Wonder why?

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    R. Johnson

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    If climate science were a sport it would be banned for doping.

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    Amber

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    Let’s keep this real . If people were going to be jailed for lying there aren’t enough prisons for politicians and the extreme green industry .
    Fully agree with the article . People that try and shut down free speech are the ones who need a time out .
    Climate changes with or without a little nudge from humans , it’s warming thankfully but the notion that a trace gas favorable to plant growth and representing less than 1/2 percent of the atmosphere is causing the earth to have a fever is a big fat whopper .
    The Competition Bureau is not about to be the boot strap brown shirts of the extreme green free speech silencers .

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    G

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    As it’s used today, the words “climate” and “science” don’t belong in the same sentence. The word “voodoo” is a much better fit with “climate” now that the left has debased a once proud profession.

    With that said, EVEN IF (and that’s a big “if”) alarmists were practicing sound science, they should NEVER be allowed to call for the punishment of those who simply do not accept their premise. That is the stuff of fascist dictatorships; telling of just how precarious the eco-left is now positioned. They have painted themselves into a corrupted corner and now must resort to threats rather than debate.

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    Sonnyhill

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    The folks who sued for this investigation are liberals . It is encouraging that no further action will be taken.
    What is abundantly clear to me is that all levels of government in Canada are strapped for cash. If interest rates climb much further the noose tightens. How will the Left buy votes? Lotteries. Casinos. Liquor Control Board. Tobacco. Legalize dope, own it and tax it. Tax everything. Tax it once,twice,thrice. Taxing carbon dioxide is the tax whale will fend off the junk bond rating for only so long. Foreign investment in Canada’s oil and gas resources is leaving. This is Pierre Trudeau’s National Energy Policy 2.0.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    The only good place for Moonbeam Brown is 50 years in prison he a is a traitor like most all liberal politicians are especialy Liberal Democrats

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    ninetyninepct

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    Attacking freedom of speech, EXACTLY like the dick brain Grande Prairie City Manager. So terrified of being unable to control his antifa friends that he violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guaranteeing freedom of assembly and freedom of speech. I wonder if the Human Rights Commission and a lawyer are working up lawsuits as we read this?

    What’s next – Government approved speech?

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    Spurwing Plover

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    The one with the Wind Power for the People sign needs to go live close to a windfarm and try to get some sleep when a whole bunch of those windturbines are spinning and in a gale as well and to count the number of birds and bats who are victims of this not so enviromental friendly energy source

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    Steve

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    They can eat my shorts…

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    Spurwing Plover

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    And without organic ketsup steve and no mayo raw uncleaned underwear

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