Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a penchant for clever quips. He seems to especially relish combining them with digs at Stephen Harper, like his speech in Davos earlier this month, where he said, “My predecessor wanted you to know Canada for its resources. I want you to know Canadians for our resourcefulness.”
Besides being a gratuitous shot that hardly dignifies his position, it’s an ill-considered message to political and business leaders of countries that pay hundreds of billions of dollars for those resources.
Digging the hole deeper, Mr. Trudeau went on to say, “But Canadians also know … that growth and prosperity is not just a matter of what lies under our feet, but what lies between our ears.”
It’s hard to think of a worse insult levelled at the scientists and engineers whose decades of technological ingenuity have unlocked challenging resources such as the oil sands; or to the highly skilled workers who build and operate the complex extraction, processing and transportation facilities that deliver those resources to global markets.
Even more reprehensible is that his words tell the tens of thousands of resource-industry workers who’ve been thrown out of work that the government has written them off as yesterday’s economy.
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