China’s solar bubble bursting – by Ezra Levant (Toronto Sun – December 11, 2013)

When Justin Trudeau said he admired China more than any other foreign country “because of their basic dictatorship,” it was a shock and a reminder that most Canadians know nothing of Trudeau’s policy beliefs.

By praising China’s government — specifically its dictatorship, not its people or its history or culture — Trudeau showed how outside the mainstream he is, and how cavalier when it comes to human rights. Trudeau lacks his father’s intellectual curiosity or accomplishment, but he seems to have inherited his father’s worst trait — an affection for totalitarian strongmen from Moscow to Beijing to Havana.

But Justin Trudeau made a second comment that received less attention. China’s “basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime and say we need to go green, we need to start, you know, investing in solar.” To Trudeau, China’s brutality is offset by the fact that they are “investing in solar.” As in solar panels.

Pierre Trudeau passed away in 2000, so this solar idea isn’t likely something Justin got from him. More likely it’s from Trudeau’s surrogate father — his campaign strategist, chief organizer and policy guru, Gerald Butts. Butts is Trudeau’s age, but much more grown up. And he’s an environmental extremist.

He was Premier Dalton McGuinty’s principal secretary when McGuinty developed the Green Energy Act, later imposed on Ontario. That law gave massive subsidies to wind turbine and solar panel companies. And to pay for those subsidies, Ontarians have been saddled — for the next 20 years at least — with annual electricity price increases that will soon make it the most costly jurisdiction in North America. No wonder major factories are leaving the province every month.

Butts was the brainchild behind the wind turbines disaster — and then left to run the World Wildlife Fund Canada, an extremist anti-oilsands lobby group that accepts foreign funding to fight against oil and gas.

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