David Suzuki Apologizes For ‘Blown Up’ Pipeline Comment, After AB Premier’s Backlash

 

David Suzuki has now apologized for his warning that eventually someone might seek drastic action to stop the pipeline expansion with explosives. Which he has now said was caused by his “extreme frustration” at the inaction of those in power.

Innocent intentions or not, it’s safe to say Alberta Premier Jason Kenney did not appreciate David Suzuki’s comments and called them a “winking incitement of violence”.

Kenney then went on to demonstrate Suzuki’s “track record of outrageous comments” bringing up an instance in 2013 where Suzuki criticized the Canadian immigration policy.

David Suzuki argued that the brain-drain of developing countries is not beneficial for either developing countries or western superpowers. Agree or not, that does seem a tad more nuanced than outright xenophobia.
Throughout, his response seemed borderline exasperated with David Suzuki’s national prestige, as he remains clueless as to why Suzuki is so well regarded, especially by the media. However, this tactic seems more fallacious than anything Suzuki has said. Premier Kenney’s opinion that a world-renowned expert Suzuki should have been retroactively “cancelled” does not diminish any of his credentials. His belief that Suzuki should be disqualified from his invitations to speak at universities and teacher’s meetings is clear.

Further to his point, Premier Kenney added that if Don Cherry had said what Suzuki did about immigration, he too might have been cancelled. One might argue Don Cherry has already been cancelled in his own right after his comments about immigration led to his firing in 2019.
Premier Kenney also took issue with Suzuki’s Harper imprisonment comment calling for people like him to be “thrown in jail for willful blindness”.

Premier Kenney has a history of combating these sorts of issues. In March of this year, an Alberta-based corporation called Canadian Energy Centre started a petition against “Bigfoot Family” and its negative portrayal of an oil tycoon as the villain of their story. Kenney defended CEC’s stance calling the film “vicious defamation”.

“That’s not how we solve problems in Canada[…]We resolve our differences peacefully and democratically, not by threatening to throw our opponents in jail”, said advocating our human rights. Kenny simply feels that Suzuki’s public persona compels him to keep bigoted views that sound intolerant or prejudiced to himself.

 

 

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