There is a disturbing trend among political reporters on Parliament Hill these days. They find any document showing that a bureaucrat gave advice to a minister and the minister chose to ignore it.
Funny thing is that it is the bureaucrat’s job to give advice and the job of elected officials to make decisions.
To listen to some of my colleagues up on the Hill there is a something untoward about a minister not doing exactly as their hired help tell them to do.
So now we have a story from Post Media, which seems to run a one sided campaign on environmental issues, about Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s briefing notes.
OTTAWA — A dependence on fossil fuel resources is making the country vulnerable to a planetary “mega trend” toward low-carbon energy that “will affect the whole of Canada’s economy,” Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver was told in newly released internal briefing notes.
“While Canada has an enviable energy resource advantage, its future success cannot be taken for granted,” said the briefing notes. “It must make smart decisions now in order to get ahead of emerging challenges. The country will need to further diversify its energy sources, ensure that it has secure access to global markets and find ways to meet the growing demand for energy at home in ways that are environmentally sustainable and publicly acceptable.”
The story goes on at some length about the desire of bureaucrats to see Canada join other countries around the world in subsidizing green and renewable energy. What the article doesn’t show and never will in a Post Media story, is that what the bureaucrats and green groups are pushing does not work.
These briefing notes were written in the spring of 2011 and are just being reported on now so I’ll forgive the bureaucrats if they didn’t realize that countries that joined the green bandwagon are now diving off. But surely Post Media has access to wire services which have been carrying stories out of Europe for some time. Surely Post Media has access to Google.
Finally, Post Media could have pointed to that dusty old document attached to the Charter of Rights….it’s called the constitution. You may have noticed that the provinces run power generation and not the feds. But all of that would have been work and it wouldn’t have shown the Conservatives as ignoring the great advice of bureaucrats and being anti-environment.