Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hellyer? Hell yeah!

As a Paul Hellyer enthusiast, I was very glad to see the former Cabinet Minister speaking about the environment at a prestigious international conference recently. If Stephen Harper refuses to stand up for Canada on climate change, then it’s up to statesmen like Hellyer to represent Canada in the world. Here’s a copy of his speech, with some editorial comments added:

"I wish I were in a mood for good humour, but I am not. We are hell-bent in the direction of destroying our planet, and we appear to be doing precious little about it.”

Hear, hear. Someone find this man a seat to run in! Yes, yes, I know he’s dabbled with a few (dozen) other parties since leaving the Liberals, but this could be the biggest comeback since Ed Broadbent!

“Decades ago visitors from other planets warned us about where we were headed, and offered to help. But instead, we, or at least some of us, interpreted their visits as a threat, and decided to shoot first and ask questions afterward. “

Umm...well...maybe not a "safe" seat...

“The inevitable result was that some of our planes were lost; but how many were due to retaliation, and how many were a result of our own stupidity is a moot point.”

OK, I was with him on the US fighter planes shooting down UFOs. Believe me, I’m camping out for X-Files movie tickets. But referring to US planes as “our” planes…well, now he’s slipping into Ignatieff territory.

“It is ironic that the U.S. would begin a devastating war-allegedly in search of weapons of mass destruction- when the most worrisome developments in this field are occurring in your own back yard.

It is ironic that the U.S. should be fighting monstrously expensive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan allegedly to bring democracy to those two countries when it, itself, can no longer legitimately claim to be called a democracy when trillions of dollars have been spent on projects about which both the Congress and the Commander in Chief have been deliberately kept in the dark.”

You know, the weird thing is - Hellyer's reasoning for opposing the Iraq war isn't really any weirder than the reasoning used by some for supporting it...

“Even more critical, what progress has been made in the development of clean energy sources that could replace fossil fuels and save the planet from becoming a veritable wasteland? Who has the answers? Someone does, but apparently they aren't telling either secretaries of defence or presidents because they do not have a need to know.”

Come to think of it, using alien technology to solve the climate change crisis might be an easier sell than a carbon tax.

“It is time for the people of the U.S. to launch a new war against the evil of lies, deceit, and darkness, and go all out to win the victory of truth, transparency, and light.”

...and may the force be with you!

H/T: Big City Lib



  • Seriously, when will the Iggy/US thing end Dan? My last name ends in a vowel, does that make me less Canadian even though I was born here? I know many Canadians working abroad who are very patriotic and passionate Canadians, also many recent immigrants who are proud of their Canadian citizenship. Are any of them not Canadian enough for you? Why don't we just stop eating our own...and by "our" I mean elected Liberal MP's regardless of where they might have worked, lived or studied.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:38 p.m.  

  • Now, now. I was just joking around over the whole mess he got himself into for refering to Americans as "we".

    I think it's great that he decided to come back to Canada and run for office - go back to my December '05 archives...I said as much, even when he was being slammed over the silly torture stuff.

    (And given that neither Ignatieff nor Hellyer are immigrants and neither of them have names that end in a voyel, I'm not sure what that's all about)

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:43 p.m.  

  • Oh, sure, Dan. My last name ends with a consonant, not a normal consonant like T or S, but a neglected, oft-abused consonant that for too long has been the subject of your prejudice. Not just your prejudice, but that of the Liberal party. When will the Liberal party finally get over its past divisions and embrace all Canadians, regardless of what letters are in their last names or the sequence of those letters.

    For shame!

    By Blogger Tarkwell Robotico, at 1:47 p.m.  

  • Appoint this man to the Senate!

    By Blogger daveberta, at 2:03 p.m.  

  • Sorry, what are names ending in
    vowels supposed to indicate? Is it foreign-ness, because apparently I didn't get that memo (my paternal grandfather/me and maternal grandmother have last names that end in vowels... one is descended from English settlers to Canada in the middle of the 19th century, the other is the subject of debate between the family myth of a defeated French general, and my counterfactual of fisherman from the isle of Jersey the emigrated to Newfoundland).

    Plenty of legitimate caker names end in vowels (I know a guy who argued he could never be president because his named ended in a vowel - I quickly pointed out Pierce, Monroe and Kennedy):

    For instance...

    In Quebec it is even more pronounced - the 10 most common last names include Roy, Cote, Tremblay, Lavoie and Gagne.

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 6:07 p.m.  

  • Oh and damn you Hellyer. My dad was in the navy in 1967, and was none too pleased to lose his cool-ass uniform just because Hellyer had to redo basic training when he switched from one service to another during WWII.

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 7:07 p.m.  

  • Very nice.

    But the Liberals would probably have a bit more credibility on climate change if their most prominent weren't pissing all over any attempt to, ah, do something about it.

    By Blogger Demosthenes, at 4:50 p.m.  

  • I love Paul Hellyer. He is so very entertaining. I love reading his political rationale.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:23 p.m.  

  • By Blogger Unknown, at 10:31 p.m.  

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