Alberta’s prime minister says environmentalist David Suzuki encouraged violence with pipeline comments

Alberta’s Prime Minister Jason Kenney stands by his accusation that environmentalist David Suzuki called for violence with his comments at a climate change over the weekend.

The premiere first made the claim in a tweet linking to a national post article which quoted Suzuki as saying: “Pipelines will be blown up if our leaders are not aware of what is going on.”

Suzuki made the remarks amid a “Funeral for the Future” protest in Victoria on Saturday, organized by the environmental group Extinction Rebellion.

At a news conference Tuesday, Kenney reiterated that he believes Suzuki is implicitly encouraging people to do eco-terrorism.

“It’s like in the gangster movies where they say, ‘You know, a nice little pipeline you have there. It would be a terrible thing if something happened to it.’ This is completely irresponsible,” he said.

Kenney added that Suzuki has a track record of outrageous comments that should have gotten him “canceled”.

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He cited a 2016 example in which Suzuki believed former Prime Minister Stephen Harper should serve time in prison for “conscious blindness” to climate change, which was reported by National Post at the time.

“We resolve disputes peacefully and democratically – not by threatening to throw our opponents in jail,” Kenney said.

“And now he’s basically saying, ‘Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, be a terrible thing if anything happens to those pipelines.’ This is outrageous and should be called as such. “

The prime minister also criticized CBC News and other organizations for giving Suzuki a platform.

Suzuki answers

Suzuki told CBC News that he does not tolerate pipeline blasting, but that he suggested he fears it could happen if groups get tired of passivity.

“Our leaders are not listening to the urgency required to address the issue of climate change. And I was concerned that this is just the next step – if it continues – for people blasting pipelines into the air,” he said.

Many climate-related protests have been examples of “peaceful civil disobedience,” Suzuki said, suggesting the violence comes from the government and the RCMP.

“If you look at the people at Fairy Creek, what are they doing then? They are fighting to protect Mother Earth, and the violence is all coming from the forces that want to maintain the status quo,” Suzuki said, referring to anti-logging protests in Vancouver Iceland that has lasted for more than a year.

Suzuki said he feels Kenney is distracting from the important issue of climate change by making things political, as well as beating critics’ credibility.

“He is not discussing climate change. It’s all: ‘These people are against Alberta’s economy, or they are foreign-funded radicals,'” he said.

“I would suggest that right now he avoids the serious discussion about climate change [and] Alberta’s role in that, and where to go in the future, is something that is very, very serious for voters to think about. “

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