Ezra Levant provokes outrage at anti-oil pipeline rally (VIDEO)

“I just think you’re a bunch of morally preening, self-righteous, luxurious rich white kids" said Sun News Network's TV host Ezra Levant to citizens at rally.

Ezra Levant Vancouver oil pipeline rally - Mychaylo Prystupa
Sun News TV - Ethical Oil Author Ezra Levant interviews pipeline opponent
#NoEnbridge Rally by ForestEthics in Vancouver May 2014
Pro-oil author and TV host Ezra Levant interviewing citizens opposed to oil pipelines at Vancouver rally on Saturday - Mychaylo Prystupa (first image)

Conservative political activist and Sun News broadcaster Ezra Levant stirred a hornet’s nest of attention at a Vancouver “No Enbridge” rally on Saturday -- perhaps the largest ever such gathering.

The author of Ethical Oil and host of The Source worked his way through a crowd of an estimated 5,000 with his cameraman, putting his microphone to citizens opposed to oil pipelines – first asking questions, then making accusations.

“You guys are hypocrites,” said Levant.  “China is the largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world.  And you don’t care.”

“No!  You come over here and say, ‘if we’re using petrol... then we’re not allowed to protest petrol,” yelled back an unidentified young man, recorded in a Vancouver Observer video.

“Well yeah – that would be like a butcher telling you to be a vegetarian,” replied Levant.

The man then said: “If you’re pro-mining, you’re pro carbon... and you think that’s better than having a clean environment, that everybody who doesn’t think a clean environment isn’t important should stop breathing air."
 
“I just think you’re a bunch of morally preening, self-righteous, luxurious, rich white kids,” retorted Levant. 
 
 

Earlier, Levant spoke with the Vancouver Observer and said he was not at the rally to express his opinions.

“Well I’m not here with a placard, I’m here in my capacity as a Sun News Network host.  So I’m asking questions, I’m not counter-protesting.”

“[Laughing] I’d say 51 percent of people are friendly.  I’m just asking them why they’re here, that’s all.”

“I’m being very well behaved by the way.”

“Oh my goodness, there’s someone with an ‘I love oil sands’ shirt – I want to talk to talk to that man, right there!” said an enthused Levant, and walked off. 

Ezra Levant interviews citizen opposed to oil pipeline in Vancouver

Levant gathering TV clips for his story on opposition to pipe lines - photo by Mychaylo Prystupa

But many of his exchanges with citizens opposed to the oil sands' rapid expansion got heated.  Levant suggested those who want society to reduce fossil fuels were against poor people in the developing world.

“Go away Ezra – you’re turning this into a frickn’ racist rant,” said Bet Cecil to Levant.

Levant replied: “You’re a rich white woman in North America saying it’s ok for us to be industrialized.  But the Third World can’t?”

“No, that’s not what I’m saying!” said an exasperated Cecil.

“I’m saying, the rich industrialized world needs to lower their carbon footprint, and then there will actually be something left over for people in the third world.  I am not talking about the Third World.  I am talking about the world I live in.”  

Cecil was so worked up, she swore.  Levant said later in an e-mail he intends to use such swear words, and bleep them, in his Sun TV story about the event.

#NoEnbridge Rally by ForestEthics in Vancouver May 2014

False dichotomies?

Seconds after the exchange, Cecil told the Vancouver Observer:

“[sighs] I think he’s very good at stirring the pot.  I dislike his opinion,” she said.

“He puts up false dichotomies.  He’s not interested in talking about the issues.  He’s interested in stoking controversy for his television program.  And like a fool, I fell right into it!”

“It’s that thing about ‘you don’t want the Chinese to have anything.’  ‘You don’t want the Indians to have anything.’  It’s like ‘you can have everything, but you don’t want them to have everything’ – and that absolutely starts falling into quite a racist dialogue ultimately or it can,” said Cecil.

Amateur video cameras were everywhere at the event.

"It is true that I called people 'hypocrites' and 'classist' and 'systemic racists', but I didn't use those as personal insults, but rather as comments on their political views," wrote Levant in an e-mail. 

#NoEnbridge Rally by ForestEthics in Vancouver May 2014

ForestEthics organizer Ben West (right) giving speech at #NoEnbridge rally

Rally organizer Ben West from ForestEthics Advocacy said it was “brave” of Levant to walk into the hornet’s nest of an anti-oil pipeline rally, and said he had a certain amount of respect for him for that.

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That's awesome, Ezra Levant a

That's awesome, Ezra Levant a rich white man who profits from the oil industry, saying that anyone who is there protesting expansion is just a bored rich white person. What a piece of shit.

Ezra

Ezra Levant: "Well I’m not here with a placard, I’m here in my capacity as a Sun News Network host.  So I’m asking questions, I’m not counter-protesting.”
The problem being that Sun News Network is the equivalent of TAS, but for Harper & the Tar Sands. Ezra touts free speech but runs screaming from anyone who speaks intelligently from a position opposed to his. He also sues anyone who calls him what he is: A liar.

Hypocrites

lol funny report from the partisan vancouver observer.  That guy mentioning it was brave of ezra is correct, as that mob has a tendency to physically assault their critics. It is filled with tides and hollyhock trained shills and dupes.  Occupy medic is a clown, and definitely someone i would consider a shill.  All of you people suck, and i am not surprised to see the idiots screaming racism when criticized, you unruly rich white kids always do that.

Levantics

So wish I had known the 'rat was in the kitchen'. It is impossible to have a conversation with insanity, but I would have tried.

His China argument is completely baseless. It's not that anyone here wishes to deny anywhere else a chance to better themselves. It's that we know there are other options besides fossil fuels and in a democracy the people have the right to let the elected leaders know their collective will.

There were more compelling stories than this punk.

Levant

Plain and simple, Ezra Levant is a professional provocateur. Calling him a journalist is an insult to the term.

Blithering

Ryan wrote:

lol funny report from the partisan vancouver observer.  That guy mentioning it was brave of ezra is correct, as that mob has a tendency to physically assault their critics. It is filled with tides and hollyhock trained shills and dupes.  Occupy medic is a clown, and definitely someone i would consider a shill.  All of you people suck, and i am not surprised to see the idiots screaming racism when criticized, you unruly rich white kids always do that.

Cute.  That's a bunch of unsubstantiated crap.  I love the bit where you're against people screaming racism--except it's Levant who was screaming racism.  So shouldn't you be going off about Levant instead?

(Mind you, just for the record, Levant is very much a racist and Sun have had to apologize for his racist rants before now, like against Rom)

Yes, yes, yes anyone with an

Yes, yes, yes anyone with an opposing opinion is provoking. I only pray that common sense rules and the adults send you kids home and build a pipeline.

 

Oil

Ezra Levant needs his tuned up. It's just a matter of time. Someone is going to snap on him. I will be pleased with that.

Mr. Ethical Oil

Undoubtedly Mr. Levant takes great pains he doesn't use "conflict oil" when refueling his automobile. Because if he didn't that might  make it seem he was simply exploiting the cause of human rights for commercial gain.

Levant..

Apparently Mr. Levant and (gag me) Ethical Oil have close ties to the Conservative Party and the PMO.  But who's surprized?

Sandra Conway

Ezra Levant

The Vancouver Observer has just fed Levant's monstrous ego by publishing this story about him. The best thing you could have done was to ignore him.

Sleaze

Do conservatives really think cheap navy blazers give them more authority or make them seem more trustworthy? The parted hair and suit-and-tie evoke only "sleazeball" to any intelligent observer. Yes, I'm insulting his appearance. He's at a political rally on a beach wearing a suit. 

Is E. Lavant reporter of the Sun affiliated with Rupert Murdoch Empire FOX news?  What a media attention seeking becoming part of the story not a jouralists reporting a story. All his statements have no bases in facts and rational people will never buy what he's selling.  

Levant

If China is the biggest polluter, Canada is the enabler via coal exports and resource extractions. Hypocritical Levant!

Flaunting Stupidity

This is whats wrong with the world.....This man is an idiot and he comes out to flaunt his stupidity.....Thanks for the laugh:) I needed that.

 

The protesters kept saying

The protesters kept saying they were acting to do something about lowering our carbon footprint here, but they're not.  The purpose of the pipeline is to ship oil overseas to developing nations.  Nations which aspire to our lifestyle.  Blocking the pipeline would have no effect on North American use of the stuff, as evidenced by the number of people there wearing oil-based clothing and driving cars.  It would only deny those in developing countries access to the same product we take for granted.  So on that point, sorry, Ezra was right, if inarticulate.

That little group around Ezra looked like they used environmentalism as a balm for various psychological infirmities.

a little balance please

I'm a new grandfather and have a renewed perspective.  I desperately want my children and my children's children to inherit an earth and legacy that will allow them to live the same blessed life I've been so fortunate to enjoy.  Whilst most others might claim the same, what I see all to often is singular arguments that focus on singular ideologies.

For my grandchildren, I want an environment that will nurture their soul, schools that will educate their minds, hospitals that will keep them healthy, infrastructure that will afford them freedoms and an economy that will enable their potential.

Those of you that ignore economic arguments do not help my grandchildren, those of you that deny environmental imperatives are no better.

Those with balanced and intelligent thought understand energy infrastructure (including pipelines and powerlines) are not evil...they enable our lifestyle and economy.  Canadians who take the time to understand our economy understand the importance of resource development and export...to deny it's significance is ignorant.

Climate change is real and denial is also ignorant.

Our reality is hard.  The need for compromise inevitable. Real facts are needed and calibration essential. Willful distortion and misrepresentation is shameful. 

The facts say climate change is real, and pipelines can be operated safely (but not risk free).  The facts also show that whatever we do with the oilsands is insignificant in light of the magnitude of growing emissions from Asia. 

Perhaps there is merit in reducing our environmental impact and restricting our economy IFF such restriction creates a template that other societies might follow...but it's a gamble... and one that needs fulsome information and debate.  (including a generous dose of listening)

So those of you with singular, ideological rhetoric without the open-mindedness to look for facts or without a sense of responsibility to consider the whole needs of our society are doing a disservice to future generations.

I don't see much balanced thought from Ezra...or the people he was talking to...

My grandchildren deserve better....


 

Ezra & his 'Ethical' oil

Ezra you dont have the facts & you wont listen. Just go read the International Climate Change Panel report , get with the program & then come back & tallk the truth, if you can...or get out !

Ezra Levant - a voice of sanity

Seeing the marked lack of intellect displayed by those protesting a much needed pipeline in Ezra's Sun TV piece makes me glad that I no longer live in the moonbat capital of Canada. 

Vancouver is the first city which has been taken over by foreign interests in the form of the Tides foundation which is determined to ensure that the Keystone pipeline isn't built (and thus greatly benefiting Warren Buffet's railway transportation of oil) and Saudi oil producers who would be hard hit by increasing Canadian oil sands production.  Curious how none of the usual anti-American leftists have nothing to say about this blatant interference in Canadian affairs by a foreign country.

The long term solution for clean energy is nuclear power until fusion energy becomes practical.  Energy density is the key and so-called "environmentalists" are determined to use the lowest energy density source of power, wind, killing thousands of eagles and despoiling the environment in the process.  Hydroelectric power has far greater energy density than wind, provides water storage which will prevent flooding in rainy years and provide water in dry years but it is considered evil by the same "environmentalists".  The religion of "global warming" was in full display at this gathering despite the fact that effects of atmospheric CO2 concentrations are minimal and any warming effect is logarithmic in nature hence for all practical purposes insignificant.

Those individuals protesting in Vancouver are the useful idiots of the globalist totalitarians who see the manufactured "crisis" of "global warming" as a means to create a totalitarian world government.  The $1-2 trillion wasted on "renewable" energy has done far more damage to the environment than fossil fuels have done.  That sum would have been enough to create a large scale human presence in space as well as the construction of a robust anti-meteor system.  The environmental consequences of the collision of the earth with a dinosaur killer asteroid are far more likely than originally estimated but BC moonbats are against any technologic development which would prevent such an occurrence.

Given that the earth experiences periodic ice ages, and that we're now in a cooling trend, intensive development of high energy density sources is crucial so that a good chunk of the worlds population doesn't die off if we enter another little ice age; OTOH perhaps that's what the technophobes want.

 

Read a bit about this guy, he's nothing but an "ambulance chaser" and resorts to the very actions he "denounces" in others.

He uses "shock tactics" and "goading" to manipulate people into actions that are not typical for the individual, but which Levant then uses to paint a whole group with the same brush. *see his rant on Roma peoples, or environmentalists, or Islam or .....*.

His face should be next to the word Hypocrite in the dictionary.

A quote to leave you with;

"And while The Source is the network’s second-highest rated show, that’s not saying much. The average fall 2012 audience for its first national airing at 5 p.m. Eastern was 4,300, and then 17,000 more for a 10 p.m. rebroadcast. Power and Politics, the CBC News Network show that Levant competes directly against, drew 75,500. And Powerplay, which occupies the same slot for CTV News Channel, captured 40,600 viewers. And with Quebecor now pressing the CRTC for “mandatory carriage” status for the Sun News Network—meaning cable suscribers would have to pay for it, whether they want it or not—one wonders if having such a big troublemaker on staff is a help or a hindrance."

source: http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/going-on-the-offensive/

sue

OccupyMedic wrote:

Ezra Levant: "Well I’m not here with a placard, I’m here in my capacity as a Sun News Network host.  So I’m asking questions, I’m not counter-protesting.”
The problem being that Sun News Network is the equivalent of TAS, but for Harper & the Tar Sands. Ezra touts free speech but runs screaming from anyone who speaks intelligently from a position opposed to his. He also sues anyone who calls him what he is: A liar.

 

 And why wouldn't he. That's called defamation. And if you don't have proof to back it up you are damn well looking for a libel suit for doing so.

oh really

the Dude wrote:

So wish I had known the 'rat was in the kitchen'. It is impossible to have a conversation with insanity, but I would have tried.

His China argument is completely baseless. It's not that anyone here wishes to deny anywhere else a chance to better themselves. It's that we know there are other options besides fossil fuels and in a democracy the people have the right to let the elected leaders know their collective will.

There were more compelling stories than this punk.

 

Oh really? And just what are those better options? And ones that are available NOW to displace fossil fuels outright. Not wind or solar. Both are intermittent sources that requires backup generators on standby (which means idling but not producing, ie: running but making no power.) for when wind and solar drops below demand. (note I said when not if) Then we have the fact that wind power can be better labeled as Bird Blenders for the millions of birds they smash to a pulp a year, plus bats too. No ecological disruption there. (unless you pay attention to the reports of plummeting song bird populations) While solar farms fry birds to, just in lesser numbers, as they chase insect they eat who are, q'uelle suprise, attracted to the lights reflected off solar arrays and collectors. Fries the birds in seconds. But hey, it's just ecological disruption, that don't matter as much as CO2 reduction. It's just the food chain.

  So, please, tell me just what other options beyond sophistry are available right now to replace fossil fuels with? Oh right. None.

  Research in progress isn't 'available'.

what

Cynthia Joan Morrison wrote:

Ezra you dont have the facts & you wont listen. Just go read the International Climate Change Panel report , get with the program & then come back & tallk the truth, if you can...or get out !

 

What? You mean the same report that has alarmist rhetoric in the preamble that is all reporters and Chicken Little Brigades read, but says very different things in the body? The same IPCC who moans about decided science as if science is a democracy? The same IPCC that is a political body and the majority of the signatories to aren't even climatologists? Or the same IPCC who uses massaged data the likes of which came out of East Anglia? And while we are on the topic of climatologists. The same ones who still know very little about how climate cycles actually work, and who can't predict the weather next week reliably but are supposed to have the next 100 years nailed down? And the same ones who don't use clouds in said models?

 

  Yeah. Spare me the decided science over the theory of anthropogenic warming. Bring proof, not supposition. Cause it doesn't matter how many scientists the IPCC lines up (scientists whose research grants,and keeping them coming, of course, doesn't make them biased *sarc*) it only takes one person to be right.

  All of which also ignores that climate has always, and will always change. Acting like declaring it must stop for our convenience NOW isn't going to make it do so. Multiple cycles through Ice Ages and Jungle Planet states isn't going to stop cause the IPCC stamps it feet and says so.

Trolls

Interesting how, whenever a story is run about Ezra Levant (by definition, a waste of space in any legitimate media), all his little troll supporters follow.

Are you trolls paid to do this or do you see it as your 'civic duty'?

Get a life!

Ocean Acidification

I like the guy screaming .."Tell us about ocean acidification Erza?" Yes Erza tell us how an Alkaline solution is call Acidic.

why Grand Pa?

tell you what ..go in your house and turn off the main breaker and do it in winter time . Then Invite your Grandkids over for a sleep in . No Emission, no carbon footprint, no pollution no water ,no heat ..there you go you got what you were asking for. Well Grand-Pa how do you Think your grand kids like it now?  

facts wrote:

I'm a new grandfather and have a renewed perspective.  I desperately want my children and my children's children to inherit an earth and legacy that will allow them to live the same blessed life I've been so fortunate to enjoy.  Whilst most others might claim the same, what I see all to often is singular arguments that focus on singular ideologies.

For my grandchildren, I want an environment that will nurture their soul, schools that will educate their minds, hospitals that will keep them healthy, infrastructure that will afford them freedoms and an economy that will enable their potential.

Those of you that ignore economic arguments do not help my grandchildren, those of you that deny environmental imperatives are no better.

Those with balanced and intelligent thought understand energy infrastructure (including pipelines and powerlines) are not evil...they enable our lifestyle and economy.  Canadians who take the time to understand our economy understand the importance of resource development and export...to deny it's significance is ignorant.

Climate change is real and denial is also ignorant.

Our reality is hard.  The need for compromise inevitable. Real facts are needed and calibration essential. Willful distortion and misrepresentation is shameful. 

The facts say climate change is real, and pipelines can be operated safely (but not risk free).  The facts also show that whatever we do with the oilsands is insignificant in light of the magnitude of growing emissions from Asia. 

Perhaps there is merit in reducing our environmental impact and restricting our economy IFF such restriction creates a template that other societies might follow...but it's a gamble... and one that needs fulsome information and debate.  (including a generous dose of listening)

So those of you with singular, ideological rhetoric without the open-mindedness to look for facts or without a sense of responsibility to consider the whole needs of our society are doing a disservice to future generations.

I don't see much balanced thought from Ezra...or the people he was talking to...

My grandchildren deserve better....


 

Wilbert

Wow!  Must be looking for a fight!  My note was hoping to influence healthy balanced dialogue supporting a high quality decision making process.  Your reaction would suggest that even a hint of support for environmental consideration is so objectionable that you blast right past the implicit support for energy infrastructure.  Fascinating!  and frightening...

Hook, line and sinker

F White wrote:

The Vancouver Observer has just fed Levant's monstrous ego by publishing this story about him. The best thing you could have done was to ignore him.

Yes, the Observer took the bait too.

 

Chinese goods

sharon L wrote:

If China is the biggest polluter, Canada is the enabler via coal exports and resource extractions. Hypocritical Levant!

By your definition, we are all hypocrites?  Is there anyone in this world that does not buy products made in China?

 

Balance

But perhaps balance is a little on the white liberal side of things.....akin at times to fence sitting and waiting for the educated elites and other experts to steer a course that quarantees both a good future for our grandkids, and no loss of equity for us.  But what if that is no longer possible?  What if pipelines and coal mines, nuclear power plants and massive fracking can no longer be 'balanced' with a 'concern for the environment'?  Admitting to climate change?  How rational of all of us....now.  But CO2 has been rising for decades and the deniers have been well paid for the most part by the fossil fuel industry........so that today, when you call for 'balance', it may well already be too late to turn this ship around.

And certainly it is too late, if tinkering is the balance you have in mind.  Continuing with tar sands extraction (the Alberta government today sold off land vital to the mountain Cariboo, a species on the edge of extinction.  They sold it for tar sand leases, to multinationals, and without any regard for your grandkids....or our four footed relations.  Where was the balance in that decision?) massive pipelines carrying raw materials to China, etc. etc. is not balanced.

It's business as usual, and shame on all of us for expecting our children and grandchildren to save the degraded earth we are leaving them..............in the interest of balancing our specious concern for climate change with our old fossil fool beliefs that the extraction must continue: FOR THE GOOD OF THE ECONOMY.  Not a balanced position at all.....a nutty one.  If you really understand the science of climate change, the time to change is now...and the change agents must be all of us.  

facts wrote:

I'm a new grandfather and have a renewed perspective.  I desperately want my children and my children's children to inherit an earth and legacy that will allow them to live the same blessed life I've been so fortunate to enjoy.  Whilst most others might claim the same, what I see all to often is singular arguments that focus on singular ideologies.

For my grandchildren, I want an environment that will nurture their soul, schools that will educate their minds, hospitals that will keep them healthy, infrastructure that will afford them freedoms and an economy that will enable their potential.

Those of you that ignore economic arguments do not help my grandchildren, those of you that deny environmental imperatives are no better.

Those with balanced and intelligent thought understand energy infrastructure (including pipelines and powerlines) are not evil...they enable our lifestyle and economy.  Canadians who take the time to understand our economy understand the importance of resource development and export...to deny it's significance is ignorant.

Climate change is real and denial is also ignorant.

Our reality is hard.  The need for compromise inevitable. Real facts are needed and calibration essential. Willful distortion and misrepresentation is shameful. 

The facts say climate change is real, and pipelines can be operated safely (but not risk free).  The facts also show that whatever we do with the oilsands is insignificant in light of the magnitude of growing emissions from Asia. 

Perhaps there is merit in reducing our environmental impact and restricting our economy IFF such restriction creates a template that other societies might follow...but it's a gamble... and one that needs fulsome information and debate.  (including a generous dose of listening)

So those of you with singular, ideological rhetoric without the open-mindedness to look for facts or without a sense of responsibility to consider the whole needs of our society are doing a disservice to future generations.

I don't see much balanced thought from Ezra...or the people he was talking to...

My grandchildren deserve better....


 

maryinga

I don't profess to understand the complete science of climate change, however I'd venture to say I've studied it far more than most.  Enough that I'm not in the deniers camp... I'm also not a blind believer of emotional rhetoric.  Perhaps you've got it figured out.... so help me with some facts and some logic, but first let me share the basis for my questions...  China emits on the order of of 9000 Mtonnes per year of CO2.  The oil sands emit on the order of 60 Mtonnes per year.  So we could shut down the entire oilsands and it would be the equivalent of about two and half days worth of Chinese emissions.  So tell me how shutting down the largest industry in Canada makes a significant difference to the GHG challenge?  

It would appear you might be willing to create certain and significant damage to our economy (schools, hospitals, infrastructure, scientific research,  etc) for a very uncertain and likely insignificant impact on global green house gas emissions.  And do you really believe that the consumers of the oilsands product are not simply going to buy their product elsewhere?  So what is already an uncertain impact is likely even more insignificant.

I get the argument that we must all do our part, but when i ask for balance and facts, I'm really looking for someone to tell me how my kids benefit from certain and significant economic damage create by uncertain and insignificant environmental mitigation.

Our is this just a "feel good" campaign...

Wouldn't we be better off campaigning for a universal price on carbon, increased displacement of coal with LNG, more hydro, more nuclear, and incentives for solar technologies?

THAT might feel a little less like tinkering

 

grand Pa

My point was that you cannot have a healthy balance conversation with these folks. They want to destroy not talk. You want you grand kids to have what you have? then we all must paid more attention to whom we listen to and what they are after.  " We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects…. We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres of presently settled land."
David Foreman, Earth First!

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facts wrote:

Wow!  Must be looking for a fight!  My note was hoping to influence healthy balanced dialogue supporting a high quality decision making process.  Your reaction would suggest that even a hint of support for environmental consideration is so objectionable that you blast right past the implicit support for energy infrastructure.  Fascinating!  and frightening...

Grand pa

So Foreman sounds like a myopic wing nut.  But I dont think he represents much of the population.  Pretty easy to discount such drastic non sensical positions.  I suspect he is just profiteering from those who are swayed by singular emotional rhetoric.  But it doesnt  negate the need for rational, logical, fact based, balanced dialogue.  Thanks for explaining your position.

This moron still on the

This moron still on the loose?

Hypocrisy of big oil

I wonder how big Canadian pensions would be, if we would have universal daycare, affordable housing, better medicare, if so much money didn't go to UNENDING CORPORATE WELFARE, INCLUDING WHAT A $2 BILLION A YEAR SUBSIDY TO BIG OIL, AS IF THEY NEEDED IT! CORPORATE WELFARE:IT ISN'T WORKING!

Ezra Levant

That's what he does.  Opens his mouth and says stupid if not ridiculous crap.  Who gives a rats ass about what Ezra Levant thinks or says?  He's nothing but a huge mouth.  He's not interesting or intellectual or worth getting upset over.

Ezra and Reaction

Here's the deal folks.
If you are truly for or against the Gateway, then work from facts and build "community".  Ezra and his ilk have joined the fray to obfuscate, use up the energy of the nay-sayers, and create an unsightly backlash. Sadly, many appear to have fallen into his trap. 
Please don't waste your time on the Ezra issue - get organized to properly promote your position and to identify the politicians and policy-makers who can influence the outcome.
Fundy John